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.
Reaction to the May 2012 round of UN climate talks in Bonn
Celine Charveriat, Oxfam advocacy and campaigns director said:
“At the Bonn UN climate talks, no progress was made to deliver the financial support that the world’s poorest and most vulnerable need to deal with the growing impacts of climate change. It is now vital that, at the next UN climate summit in Qatar in November, rich countries commit to an initial US$10-15 billion to the Green Climate Fund between 2013 and 2015, as part of a broader financial package.
“At a time when ambitious emission reductions are more urgent than ever, developed countries in Bonn made no progress to close the gap between current climate targets and what is required to avoid the worst of climate change. Developed countries must improve on their current low level of ambition and accept higher reduction targets no later than at the Qatar summit.
“After two difficult weeks in Bonn, all parties have reached agreement about the work ahead. Pressure is now building on governments to deliver in Qatar urgent and ambitious action to reduce emissions and to provide support to poor countries.”
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