Initial Response from Climate Justice Groups to Marrakech Outcomes

dcj-logo-256x256px(November 23, Marrakech) – As U.N. climate change negotiations concluded several hours over time after countries grappled with how to work out the rule book for the Paris Agreement, climate justice advocates issued the following reactions. “At the end of these two weeks we just want to express our extreme disappointment that no clear and concrete increases in climate finance pledges have been put forward by developed country governments,” said Lidy Nacpil of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development. Continue reading

COP22: ‘Business as usual’ no longer an option for the world’s poorest countries

Marrakesh, 17 November 2016: Least Developed Countries, Most Vulnerable Countries and Small Island Developing States are experiencing the effects of climate change far quicker than originally forecast. Each year sees increasing flooding, more droughts, desertification, salination of agricultural land and extreme weather events like hurricanes so severe they are threatening the long-term future of some of the poorest countries. Continue reading

COP22: Governments must start cutting emissions now if Paris Agreement has any chance of success, says a new report out today

eac_logo_web_0(Marrakech, 11 November) – As government ministers meet in Marrakech to assess global ambition towards addressing climate change in the near-term, a diverse coalition of social movements, including LDC watch, an umbrella group of NGOs from civil society, released a startling new report, Setting the Path towards 1.5°C Continue reading

COP22: LDCs have contributed the least in the climate change, but they are its worst victims. They should be saved from climate related vulnerabilities 

gauri-pradhanGauri Pradhan,International Coordinator of LDC Watch, 9-11-16:Climate change is affecting every individual, community and country on earth. The greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are contributing to climate change every passing day. It threatens the natural and social balance and confronts sustainable development. Examples have shown the substantial impacts of climate change such as changing weather patterns, rising sea level and melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas. Continue reading

COP22: What’s in it for Least Developed Countries at the climate talks in Marrakesh?

ldcwatvh-logoLDC Watch statement, 9-11-16: “Finance is the key” to mitigate the effects of climate change on Least Developed Countries, and help them adapt to the threats it poses,” said LDC Watch, the umbrella group of civil society organisations in Least Developed Countries, at the start of the UN Meeting on Climate Change in Marrakesh. Continue reading

COP22: Plus ça change: Paris Agreement enters into force, but more urgent action needed from countries meeting in Marrakech

climate-change-rallyMarrakech, 7 November: Civil society leaders from diverse constituencies around the world are voicing their concerns that countries are not doing enough to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming.

During  the Climat Change conference this week developed countries must raise their levels of short-term climate targets and finance, which the Paris Agreement did not address. Scientists consider steep emissions reductions in the current decade as the key to achieving a just transition to a low-carbon global economy.

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COP22 How wealthy countries are avoiding helping the world’s poorest cope

Ian Johnston, Independent, 6-11-2916: On the eve of the climate change meeting in Marrakesh, starting Monday, 7 November, a new report details how the world’s wealthiest countries are paying far less money to the poorest nations to help them cope with the effects of climate change than they claim. Continue reading

COP22 – Civil society demands increasing ambition and equity

dcj-logo-256x256pxCivil society organisations united under the banner of the Climate Justice campaign issued their demands on the eve of the Marrakesh meeting.

“The Paris Agreement passed the threshold for entry into force earlier than anticipated after being ratified by 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions on October 4th,, so the Agreement will enter into force on 4th November and the Marrakech meeting will also host the first Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA). Continue reading