Women wearing the masks of G8 leaders join climate change protest in Dhaka. Credit: Caroline Gluck/Oxfam
Rich countries have created the climate crisis but it is poor countries that are being hit hardest.

Bonn Summit: Final countdown to a climate deal at the end of the year

Climate negotiations need to move much faster if a global deal is to be secured in time for the crucial December deadline agreed by all the world’s countries.

Negotiators at UN talks in Bonn in Germany from 1st to 12th June will debate the draft text of a global deal for the first time.  Without urgent and ambitious action, by 2015 over 375 million people each year will be affected by climate-related disasters.

Rich countries have largely created the climate crisis but it is poor countries that are being hit first and hardest. To avoid the most catastrophic effects, rich countries must agree to a deal that reduces their emissions first and fastest, and show leadership so that global cuts in emissions keep temperature increases as far below 2 degrees as possible.  

Oxfam is a member of the 'tck tck tck' campaign that brings together an unprecedented alliance of faith groups, NGOs, trade unions and individuals at this crucial time to call for a new international treaty that will save the planet from the dangerous effects caused by climate change.

As world leaders prepare to strike a climate deal in Copenhagen in December, 'tck tck tck' will harness the voices of the people to demand an ambitious, fair and binding new international agreement that reflects the latest science.

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Here are some stories about how climate change impacts the world's poorest (click 'full screen' and then 'show info' to view the text).