ActionAid International is calling on world leaders ahead of the UN climate conference in Bangkok (UNFCCC) next week (4-9 September) to agree five key actions to prevent global warming on a catastrophic scale.
The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change saw governments pledge to keep global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius. The pressure is now on world leaders to agree a detailed ‘rulebook’ for implementing the Paris pledge.
Harjeet Singh, global policy lead on climate change at ActionAid, will head up the organisation’s effort in negotiations at the conference to define the small print that will enable the implementation of the Paris Agreement by 2020.
ActionAid has five demands for world leaders gathering in Bangkok that will pave the way for progress on climate justice:
- The Paris ‘rulebook’ must guarantee sufficient and predictable climate finance for developing countries;
- Protection must be guaranteed for communities experiencing climate-induced loss and damage, and those living with the impacts of climate-induced migration and displacement;
- The rulebook must safeguard food security, land rights, human rights and advance the pursuit of gender equality;
- Urgent action to cut emissions is needed if the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C is to be achieved.
- All countries must do their fair share of climate action. Developed countries must take the lead, recognising they have contributed the majority of harmful emissions and have greater capacity to respond.
Adriano Campolina, chief executive of ActionAid International, says:
“In the past two months alone, hundreds of people from California to Kerala have lost their lives to climate disasters and many more have seen their homes destroyed.
“Bangkok is a critical chance to stop climate devastation spiralling further out of control.”
Extreme weather events exacerbated by climate change are already threatening the safety of communities in both developing and developed countries around the world.
But it is developing countries that continue to bear the brunt of extreme climate events – the recent flooding in Kerala, India, has left nearly 400 people dead and forced more than one million people to seek refuge in camps.
Climate change is already impacting many of the communities supported by ActionAid around the world, disproportionately affecting women and girls, and the poorest and most vulnerable.
Community leader Laily Begum, from Bangladesh, who has been supported by ActionAid throughout the years, will also attend next week’s climate conference. She will share her experiences and champion women’s leadership in building communities that are resilient to the growing threat of climate change.
Bangladesh is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, which have been exacerbated by rising sea levels. Laily’s community has seen harvests, livestock and houses destroyed, and loved ones swept away by extreme flooding.