MANILA, 30 June 2015 – A broad alliance of Southern social movements and international organizations sent a joint statement calling for climate justice to the heads of the recently-concluded United Nations climate meeting in New York.
Yesterday’s high-level event was convened by the UN general assembly ahead of the Paris climate talks in December, in which almost 200 countries are expected to agree on a new climate deal.
The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) co-authored the “People’s Test on Climate in 2015” statement with ActionAid International, Bolivian Platform for Climate Action, CIDSE (International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity), Environmental Rights Action/Oil Watch, Friends of the Earth International, Greenpeace International, International Trade Union Confederation, LDC [Least Developed Countries] Watch International, Mesoamerican Campaign for Climate Justice, Oxfam International, Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance, and 350.org.
“Despite initiatives like the New York meeting, we are not on track to averting the climate crisis, much less delivering justice for peoples already impacted by climate change,” said Lidy Nacpil, APMDD coordinator.
“The much-awaited Paris summit must catalyze substantive emissions reductions; provide adequate funds and technology to developing countries; deliver on adaptation, loss and damage, and a just job transition; and focus on renewable and efficient solutions rather than false solutions such as carbon markets and geo-engineering,” she added.
“The scale of transformation the world needs to address the climate crisis, as well as the urgency with which this transformation must happen, is huge,” the heads of the organizations stated in a letter to the president of the UN General Assembly and the Peruvian and French ministers who are shepherding the UN climate talks. “The solidarity between our groups and those sharing our struggles will grow, and with it our power. We will be watching, in Paris in December and well beyond.”
The full “People’s Test on Climate in 2015” statement can be accessed here.
The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (formerly Jubilee South–Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development) is a regional alliance of peoples' movements and organizations, coalitions, and nongovernmental organizations.
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