PH groups push for climate funding amid closing of UN summit

Filipino civil society groups in the international climate conference in Durban called on delegates in the talks “to act with urgency and agree on real action” as negotiations neared its end on Friday, December 9.
 
 
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Dec. 7, 2011 - PRLog -- Durban—Filipino civil society groups in the international climate conference in Durban called on delegates in the talks “to act with urgency and agree on real action” as negotiations neared its end on Friday, December 9.

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas, a 100,000-strong civil society network working on climate change and development issues, renewed its call for the immediate operationalization of the Green Climate Fund.

“Developing countries need access to the fund ASAP. Climate impacts are worsening while adaptation needs continue to grow. Funding is vital in particular to implement the recently approved 18-year National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP),” said Rowena Bolinas, Aksyon Klima coordinator.

“The Fund needs to be under the full authority of the Conference of the Parties and it needs to dramatically reduce World Bank influence in its operations,” Bolinas added.

Aksyon Klima is also pushing for the continuation of the Kyoto Protocol, the legally-binding climate treaty requiring developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a second commitment period. The Protocol’s initial commitment period will end in 2012. Without a second commitment period, the world does not have any readily available instrument that binds major emitters to further cut down their GHG production.

This exposes particularly poor and vulnerable communities to more dangerous climatic changes, if GHG releases in the atmosphere continue to increase.

The Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia (UEA) recently published new analysis by its Global Carbon Project that shows an increase in emissions from fossil fuels by 5.9 per cent in 2010 and by 49 per cent since 1990 – the reference year of the Kyoto protocol.

The network called for climate change adaptation to be prioritized and funded, together with a functioning Adaptation Committee within the UN convention.

The Philippines was ranked 10th most affected by the impacts of extreme weather events during the last 20 years, according to the latest Global Climate Risk Index. Germanwatch released the results of its study during the start of the 17th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change last November 29.

“Everyday, vulnerable nations such as the Philippines announce just how much more of global warming and its disastrous consequences they can cope with. Our UNFCCC negotiators’ decisions will impact not only Filipinos but all other citizens of the world, present and future. Empty agreements are unacceptable. We want a decision from this COP that has met finance and deep and drastic emissions cuts,” Bolinas said.

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Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (Filipino for Climate Action Philippines) is a 100,000-strong civil society network based in the Philippines working on climate change and development issues.
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