The call by The Holy Father, His Holiness Pope Francis, reminds us that climate change is first and foremost about people.
On Friday 13th March 2015, a devastating, Cyclone hit Vanuatu. We responded straight away, distributing emergency relief items such as clean water, shelter and hygiene kits and our teams have continued to deliver essential aid.
Sustainable agriculture – agriculture that can meet the needs of present and future generations, ensures the efficient production of safe, high-quality agricultural products in a way that protects the natural environment, and improves on the economic conditions of farmers and local communities – offers the best chances for countries belonging to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to deal with climate change.
Negotiators avoided a show-down over crunch issues like finance and increasing near term emissions cuts, but they are only delaying the inevitable. A clearer mandate from Heads of State and ministers is needed to ignite the talks and ensure key questions are answered.
Oxfam welcomes the ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) from Ethiopia, as it sets far-reaching short-term and long-term goals on adaptation and reducing emissions.
The G7 have made a stuttering start on climate but have largely neglected the plight of people living in poverty, said Oxfam at the close of the annual leaders’ summit in Germany today.
Oxfam is deeply disappointed by Japan’s lack of ambition. Setting a draft target of 26% emissions reduction below 2013 levels (18% below 1990 levels) by 2030 is woefully inadequate.
Coal plants in the G7 are on track to cost the world $450 billion a year by the end of the century and reduce crops by millions of tons as they fuel the gathering pace of climate change.
To set the tone for a successful climate agreement at the UN talks in December, the G7 must lead the world in setting out clear plans for a just transition away from coal.
The Paris agreement is at risk if developed countries cannot first show that they are keeping to their existing climate finance commitments, as made at the Copenhagen climate change conference in 2009, to mobilise $100bn/year by 2020.