A desperate and largely unknown humanitarian crisis is deteriorating in the Lake Chad Basin region of West Africa, forcing millions of people to flee their homes and leaving millions more in need of humanitarian assistance. Oxfam is providing life-saving support but help is urgently needed to prevent the crisis turning into a catastrophe.
Following todays announcement that Yvo de Boer is resigning from his role as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Antonio Hill, Senior Climate Advisor for Oxfam International said:
"De Boer's tenure at the helm of the UN climate negotiations will be remembered as an extraordinary period – when climate change went from being one of many environmental concerns to a standing item on the agenda of political leaders across the globe.
"Though de Boer moves on world leaders have barely started the job of tackling the climate crisis. With the lives and livelihoods of billions at stake they could learn much from de Boer's perseverance as well as his uncompromising commitment to do what's necessary – not just what's easy."
See: Yvo de Boer receive the tcktcktck petition of 10 million names from across the world, of those who called for decisive action to tackle climate change at Copenhagen, December 2009.
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