ActionAid International’s closing comments from the United Nations’ climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany

On climate finance, Harjeet Singh, Global Climate Lead, ActionAid International, says:

"The issue of finance underpins so many different parts of climate negotiations, because poor countries simply can't cover the triple costs of loss and damage, adaptation and mitigation on their own.

"But with developed countries refusing to move on finance, lots of pieces are still unfinished. This is holding up the whole package, which is supposed to be finalised at the end of this year. Issues are piling up, and it's a dangerous strategy to leave everything to the last minute.

"Finance is too important to be used as a bargaining chip. If we're to see any progress on the so-called 'Paris rulebook', wealthy countries need to provide real money for climate action.

On the Talanoa Dialogue, Teresa Anderson, Climate policy officer, ActionAid International, says:

"What was special about the Talanoa Dialogue was that it allowed people to engage with each other as humans with hearts, rather than as governments with agendas. People genuinely cried at each other’s stories of climate impacts. This was a powerful first chapter in the Talanoa story. 

"But we need to remember that the original purpose and mandate of this process was not emotional release.  The world agreed that a process to take stock of efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C would take place in 2018. Now all eyes are on the Fijian and Polish presidencies to map out the political phase over the course of the year. 

"The next round of negotiations in Bangkok, as well as the upcoming IPCC special report on 1.5°C are key opportunities for countries to assess the need for action and finance, so that they can announce increased climate commitments at COP24 climate talks in Poland at the end of the year." 

On the 1.5°C target and geoengineering technologies, Kelly Stone, Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA, says:

“Achieving the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C is an absolute moral imperative, but that means increasing ambition right now. We cannot afford to wait until 2025 or 2020 – we need real, ambitious action, starting today. Relying on unproven and dangerous geoengineering technologies to undo these emissions later is an unacceptable gamble.”

Editors' notes

ActionAid Spokespeople available for further comment and briefings:

Harjeet Singh – Global Lead on Climate Change, ActionAid International, harjeet.singh@actionaid.org (m) +91 98100 36864

Teresa Anderson – Climate policy officer (commenting on climate and resilience), ActionAid International, teresa.anderson@actionaid.org, (m) +44 7984 932 655

Kelly Stone -  Senior Policy Analyst, ActionAid USA, kelly.stone@actionaid.org, (m) +16513380195

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