Just climate finance for climate vulnerable countries
An interaction programme was organised in Kathmandu, Nepal relating to Global Week of Actions today (21 Nov 2012). The programme was participated by diverse groups of Nepalese CS and government representatives including the Minister of Environment (UNFCCC Focal point), human rights activists, journalists and trade union leaders. The main points raised/discussed during the interaction are as follows:
- No debt creating financing for addressing problems due to climate change. The aid must be grant, it should be new, additional and adequate for reparations.
- Nepalese hills and mountains (including Himalayan range and the snow cover) are most affected by the consequences of climate change, so the problems should be addressed in priority. It would not only affect people living in Nepal but the whole of South Asia.
- Deliver just climate finance for Climate Vulnerable Countries (CVCs), affected peoples and communities who are at the forefront of bearing the brunt of the impacts of climate change;
- Mobilize resources, expertise and technology for addressing planetary emergency that has arisen due to the impacts of climate change;
- Democratic, transparent and accountable control and management of climate funds globally and nationally;
- Equitable and just distribution of climate funds among nations and within each country- direct access for the most affected and vulnerable countries/communities;
- No climate justice without gender and children justice, so focus eliminating gender gaps and guaranteeing rights of the children;
- Unconditional cancellation and repudiation of illegitimate and odious debts;
- Equity and climate justice now –uphold human rights;
- Deep emissions cut by countries most responsible for the climate crisis;
- No more false solutions, but real solutions to the grave problems;
- No to carbon trade and market approaches to solve climate change related problems. It is totally unjust that the poor countries of the south plant trees for the luxury of rich countries;
- Deep emissions cut by the 'rich' and industrialized 'developed' countries. The emitters must cut down their emissions drastically and immediately;
- End to the policies and operations of global financial institutions that exacerbate climate change;
- Stop using public finance to support projects and policies that intensify global warming and climate change;
- Social transformation towards equitable and sustainable global and domestic systems;
- Promote peoples sustainable alternatives. Stop bypassing country systems and local processes.
- Respect right to development of those whose right is curtailed or violated in different pretexts;
- Eradicate poverty and hunger so as to provide leverage to cope with the impacts of climate change;
- Stop prescribing governance from elsewhere but empower local governance of the local natural resources such as forests and water;
- Ensure access to and control over essential services and productive resources;
- System change, not climate change! None of the neo-liberal polices can be the solutions to climate catastrophe, because they are the one who created this mess.
This programme was jointly organised by Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN) and Campaign for Climate Justice Nepal (CCJN). The members organizations of CCJN include ANPFa, ANWA, GEFONT, HR Alliance, Jagaran Nepal, RRN and others.