On Saturday April 16, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador killing hundreds of people, leaving thousands wounded and causing severe damage to infrastructure. Access to safe drinking water and storage, as well as shelter is urgently needed. With your help we can reach the most vulnerable populations with vital assistance.
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.
Jennifer Abrahamson blogs: On the frontlines of climate change: Tajikstan
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