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.
African countries have called for a suspension of all further talks on the Kyoto Protocol - except for discussions on rich country emissions reduction targets - until substantial progress is made on this critical issue.
Hugh Cole, Climate Advisor for Oxfam in Southern Africa said: “The world’s poorest nations are faced with an impossible choice - no climate deal or a bad climate deal. Both options threaten the lives and livelihoods of millions of the worlds poorest people who are already struggling to cope with a changing climate.
African leaders have agreed a common negotiating position and are doing everything they can to ensure there is a good outcome for people and the planet in Copenhagen. EU and US leaders meeting in Washington today need to signal that they are willing to play their part."
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