Civil society urges Green Climate Fund not to finance fossil fuel and harmful energy projects

Burning fossil fuels12 May 2014: More than 100 civil society organisations in both developing and developed countries have siigned a letter to the Board of the Green Climate Fund, saying no to GCF financing of fossil fuel and harmful energy projects. The text of the letter is below: Continue reading

Les pays les moins avancés francophones harmonisent leur position à Dakar

3bIbrahima Diallo, 10 mai 2014: Une conférence ministérielle sur le changement climatique pour les pays les moins avancés (PMA) francophones s’est tenu les 8 et 9 mai 2014 à Dakar dans le cadre du Mécanisme d’appui de haut niveau (MAHN). Destiné aux Petits Etats insulaires en développement (PEID) et aux PMA, la rencontre a pour ambition de préparer les négociations  prévues cette année sur le changement climatique. Suffisant pour que le ministre de l’Environnement et du Développement durable, Mor Ngom, invite à dégager des postions communes et uniques, pour pouvoir s’engager dans ces négociations en vue de parvenir à un accord en 2015 à Paris, car l’heure est à l’action. Continue reading

Bangladesh: Climate change making rivers more salty affecting prawn fisherman

Bangladesh mangrovesSusmita Dasgupta, 31 March 2014: Most research to date has focused on the long-run effects of progressive inundation from SLR, along with associated losses from heightened cyclone-induced surges. Increased salinity from saltwater intrusion, along with its impact on livelihoods and adaptation alternatives, have not been investigated in great detail despite the expectation that saltwater intrusion will worsen in low-lying coastal areas around the world due to the changing climate. Continue reading

Azeb Girmai: What we learned about developed countries’ attitude to climate change at COP19

2aAzeb Girmai, an environmental campaigner from Ethiopia, attended the COP19 meeting on Climate Change in Warsaw in November. LDC News Service interviewed her about her original hopes for the meeting and why she was disappointed and angry with the results.

What were Southern NGOs hoping from the meeting?

AG: We have reached a planetary emergency, and there is no time to linger. We can’t have business as usual if we want to keep temperature rises to below 1.5 °C. We’re already seeing effects of climate change in Least Developed Countries. Continue reading

Wildlife Poaching Thought to Bankroll International Terrorism

white-rhino Jan 11 2014,Ramy Srour, (IPS) – Top diplomats and retired US military officials are urging Western and African governments to step up the global fight against illegal wildlife poaching. Adding new pressure ahead of a major February summit slated to take place in the UK on the subject, a growing body of evidence suggests that wildlife poaching is funding criminal and terrorist organisations in several parts of Africa. Continue reading

La société civile sort de COP19 de frustration à la behavour des pays riches

COP19FR2Nous avons dit que nous sommes solidaires avec les millions touchées par le typhon Haiyan, et avec toutes les personnes touchées par le climat. Notre solidarité nous oblige à dire la vérité sur la COP 19 – la Conférence sur le climat á Varsovie.
La conférence sur le climat à Varsovie, qui aurait dû être une étape importante dans la transition juste vers un avenir durable, est sur la voie pour livrer pratiquement rien. En fait, les actions de nombreux pays riches ici à Varsovie minent directement la CCNUCC elle-même, qui est un processus multilatéral important qui doit réussir si nous voulons arrêter la crise climatique mondiale. Continue reading

Civil society walks out of COP19 in frustration at behaviour of rich countries

COP19We have said we stand in solidarity with the millions impacted by Typhoon Haiyan, and with all climate impacted people. Our solidarity compels us to tell the truth about COP 19 – the Warsaw Climate Conference.

The Warsaw Climate Conference, which should have been an important step in the just transition to a sustainable future, is on track to deliver virtually nothing. In fact, the actions of many rich countries here in Warsaw are directly undermining the UNFCCC itself, which is an important multilateral process that must succeed if we are to fix the global climate crisis. Continue reading

LDC Watch and LDC Civil society call on COP19 to deliver climate justice for Least Developed Countries

 CLIMATE CHANGE CRISIS IS A SURVIVAL EMERGENCY FOR THE LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES

11-22 November 2013, Warsaw, Poland: The escalating climate change crisis is an issue of survival for the 49 UN-defined Least Developed Countries (LDCs), given with their characteristic geographical and environmental vulnerabilities. Seventeen are landlocked developing countries (LLDCs), ten are small island developing states (SIDS) and 20 are mountainous countries. The vast majority of the 34 African LDCs lie within the Sub-Saharan region. The 2012 Triennial Review of the criteria for identification and graduation of LDCs recognises the extreme vulnerability of LDCs to climate change, and has underscored this with the addition of a new component “share of population living in low elevated coastal zones” under the third criterion of Economic Vulnerability Index. Continue reading