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Paris Agreement Leaves Climate Funding in Limbo

UNITED NATIONS, Dec 14 2015 (IPS) - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who described climate change as one of the “defining priorities” of his nine-year tenure as UN chief, went into raptures over the Paris agreement concluded on Saturday.

“It’s a monumental triumph for people and planet”, he said – even as civil society groups and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from developing countries expressed strong reservations over an agreement which left the key role of climate funding in political limbo.

“It is a health insurance policy for the planet”, Ban told reporters at a news briefing Monday.

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Asian, Pacific, Caribbean activists call for a fair and just climate deal

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Asian, Pacific, Caribbean activists call for a fair and just climate deal

PARIS, 3 December 2015 – Asian, Pacific island, and Caribbean activists from the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice spoke about how they are fighting against climate change in their own communities and countries, and what their demands are for the Paris talks and beyond.

“In India right now, the huge city of Chennai is submerged once again in the past month. But India and other developing countries are being blamed for the lack of progress in the talks. It is mostly the poor and the vulnerable who are hit hardest by climate change even though they have contributed the least to the climate crisis. We demand a fair and just climate agreement which will hold the United States, European Union, and other developed countries accountable,” said Willy D'Costa, convenor of the Indian Social Action Forum and chair of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development.

“We know that women are even more affected by climate change impacts, which is why there is no climate justice without climate justice. Gender must be put back in the language for climate finance, and be fully reflected in the Paris agreement,” said Puspa Dewy, program coordinator of Solidaritas Perempuan (Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights) in Indonesia.

“Being home to over 2,000 glacial lakes, glacial melting and the resultant glacial lake outburst floods are always an imminent threat hanging over us. We had one in 2012 and a recent one in June which adds to the already existing development challenges in the country of both economic losses and more importantly, non-economic losses of lives, displacement and socio-cultural losses which are simply irreversible,” said Prerna Bomzan, the Nepalese advocacy coordinator of LDC [Least Developed Countries] Watch.

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Asian, Pacific, Caribbean activists call for a fair and just climate deal

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Asian, Pacific, Caribbean activists call for a fair and just climate deal

PARIS, 3 December 2015 – Asian, Pacific island, and Caribbean activists from the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice spoke about how they are fighting against climate change in their own communities and countries, and what their demands are for the Paris talks and beyond.

“In India right now, the huge city of Chennai is submerged once again in the past month. But India and other developing countries are being blamed for the lack of progress in the talks. It is mostly the poor and the vulnerable who are hit hardest by climate change even though they have contributed the least to the climate crisis. We demand a fair and just climate agreement which will hold the United States, European Union, and other developed countries accountable,” said Willy D'Costa, convenor of the Indian Social Action Forum and chair of the Asian Peoples Movement on Debt and Development.

“We know that women are even more affected by climate change impacts, which is why there is no climate justice without climate justice. Gender must be put back in the language for climate finance, and be fully reflected in the Paris agreement,” said Puspa Dewy, program coordinator of Solidaritas Perempuan (Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights) in Indonesia.

“Being home to over 2,000 glacial lakes, glacial melting and the resultant glacial lake outburst floods are always an imminent threat hanging over us. We had one in 2012 and a recent one in June which adds to the already existing development challenges in the country of both economic losses and more importantly, non-economic losses of lives, displacement and socio-cultural losses which are simply irreversible. Loss and Damage must therefore be anchored in the new agreement,” said Prerna Bomzan, the Nepalese advocacy coordinator of LDC [Least Developed Countries] Watch.

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Key issues at COP 21 on the Paris Agreement

30 Nov, Paris (Meena Raman) - The Paris agreement is expected to be the most important outcome of the 21st meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, to be held from November 30 to December 11.

The negotiations taking place under the Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) has two workstreams – one to deliver the Paris Agreement, which is to come into effect post-2020 under workstream 1 and the other, a decision on workstream 2 which deals with pre-2020 actions.

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A Call For A Fair Shares Agreement: Will Justice Prevail in Paris?

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This is a guest op-ed by Nathan Thanki, Lidy Nacpil, and Asad Rehma, Coordinating Team, Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice

For most people the word justice conjures up images of superheroes and supreme courts. It seems a grand notion with little bearing on the practicalities of daily life. And when applied to the climate crisis it seems even less comprehensible. But the shocking thing about climate justice is that not only can it be calculated—it can be achieved.

In December world leaders will come together in Paris, not to commit to building a climate just world, but to finalise a new climate agreement and commit to national 'pledges' which are supposed to cover a range of activities related to climate change. These include how we are going to adapt to and deal with the impacts of more storms and droughts—including the human displacement that follows.

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