On Monday, December 2nd, governments will gather for a new round of UN climate talks at the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The meeting which was moved from Santiago de Chile to Madrid has a heavy agenda and is expected to deliver on decisions that are important for international cooperation on tackling climate change.
“When parties meet in Madrid, they should not forget the people, families, and communities who have suffered due to cyclones such as Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe, heatwaves across India, droughts in the horn of Africa, and other disasters throughout the year,” says Birgitte Qvist-Sørensen, ACT Alliance Moderator.
“It is the very future of these people that governments will talk about, and their concerns must be at the centre of the talks in Madrid,” continues Qvist-Sørensen.
One of the most important issues to be addressed at COP25 is loss and damage. This refers to situations where people are no longer able to adapt to climate impacts, and as a result, are at risk of losing their property, livelihoods, or even their lives.
“COP25 must not be another business-as-usual session. It must come up with credible solutions to the lack of finance available to support people and communities affected by climate-induced loss and damage,” says Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, ACT’s General Secretary.
The debate on climate change has for a long time focused on how to mitigate global warming, and how to adapt to its impacts. “Although these areas are crucial, we should not forget the urgent need to address situations where disasters are already striking. Loss and damage is a pillar of the climate debate, the summit in Madrid should make that clear,” says Qvist-Sørensen.
COP25 is also expected to review the work program on gender and climate change, another priority for ACT Alliance. As women in many countries are the ones who are most affected by climate change, all development and climate-related efforts must be guided by principles of gender equality and human rights. “Nobody must be left behind when we take action on climate change,” says Qvist-Sørensen.
The third topic of interest for ACT is around international cooperation on market-based initiatives as a means to combat climate change. Unfortunately, experience from existing market-based initiatives under the Kyoto Protocol has shown that such initiatives can in fact be problematic. “If the rules on this issue are weak, the international community could seriously undermine global commitments to reduce global emissions,” says Bueno de Faria.
ACT’s delegation will follow the talks AT COP25 closely and will call for strict rules and high ambition.
For further questions, please contact:
Mattias Söderberg, head of delegation, ACT Alliance – +45 – 29700609
Leia Achampong, climate change advisor, ACT Alliance EU – firstname.lastname@example.org