‘Words on climate change must become actions on climate justice – that means rich countries doing more’, warns ActionAid International as UN talks open in Bangkok

As the first day of UN climate talks in Bangkok draw to a close, ActionAid International has responded to the opening statement by the President of the UN climate talks, Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.

Bainimarama, the Fijian Prime Minister who is the current President of the UN’s negotiations, opened the Bangkok talks declaring today (Tuesday) that governments are ‘not ready’ to agree the key text – known by many as ‘the Paris Rulebook’ - upon which the implementation of the Paris Agreement depends.

His comments come as concerns grow that developed nations are backsliding on the financial commitments that developed countries made in the Paris Agreement 2015.

Responding to the opening statement on the first day of the talks, Ruchi Tripathi, Head of Climate Justice at ActionAid International, said:

“This week as diplomats and politicians gather in Bangkok, words on climate change must lead to real progress on climate justice - and that means rich countries doing more.

“The Paris Rulebook – the rules that governments will have to abide by to cut emissions and fund climate action– are being worked on as we speak.

“For governments to meet their existing pledges, securing a fair and just deal for people in developing countries, we need developed countries to lead by example at these talks.”

Editors' notes

Governments ‘not ready’ for Poland climate change talks reports Reuters.

Ahead of the talks opening, Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change warned that governments are ‘not on track’ to keep temperatures below a rise of 1.5 Celsius.