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COP24: ACT demands stronger climate action commitment

The just concluded UN climate talks in Kotawice, Poland confirms the vast disconnect between ambition, urgency for action on climate change, and the political will of key governments, the ACT Alliance has said.

Rudelmar Bueno de Faria
Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, ACT Alliance’s General Secretary

 The organisation, which made the submission in a statement made available to EnviroNews on Sunday, December 16, 2018, insists that the divide can and must be bridged.

“COP24 failed to deliver the best possible outcome to the most vulnerable people in the world,” said Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, General Secretary of the ACT Alliance. “We are pleased to see that loss and damage is included in the document to guide the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Including loss and damage helps to acknowledge the threat to vulnerable communities who are most affected by climate change. Climate finance needed a much more ambitious push to move the world beyond the commitments that have already been made and to help us to meet the goal of capping global temperature rise at1.5C.”

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The IPCC report issued earlier this year lays out the likely effects of global temperature rise at different points, clearly demonstrating that increased ambition is required to keep global temperatures from rising more than 1.5C.

ACT Alliance’s study, which was released at COP24, concludes that without addressing climate change, it will be impossible for the world to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda.

“We are disappointed that the COP did not put more focus on the scientific findings of the IPCC, and that climate skeptics have moved the debate backwards, casting doubt on the scientific work of the IPCC, which makes it clear that we need to increase our ambition,” de Faria continued.

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“We expected stronger provisions in the Paris Rulebook to protect human rights and gender equality,” said Joycia Thorat, co-chair of the ACT Alliance Global Advocacy Advisory Group. “We urge governments to ambitiously increase their climate commitments in the revision of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), making sure to include human rights and gender in the implementation of both mitigation and adaptation measures.”

ACT calls on churches, faith groups, civil society, and governments to continue to increase ambition to combat climate change, and to keep the needs of the most vulnerable at the forefront of the negotiations and action. But we must act now for climate justice.

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“It is important not to lose hope and to continue the struggle for climate justice, for all people and for the planet. Together we can still reverse the course, and we can do it with justice for all,” concluded Thorat.

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