The world’s poorest countries know the Paris Agreement needs strong rules

(Climate Change News, 29 Nov 2018) On behalf of one billion people on the front lines of climate change, we will be pushing for accountability at UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland.

By Gebru Jember Endalew

From the shores of the Solomon Islands to the forests of California, there is no place in the world immune from the impacts of climate change. We already see the damage climate change is causing on a daily basis. We know of the hardship to come. We know some will feel it more than others.

I chair the group of the 47 least developed countries (LDCs) at the UN climate negotiations. Our countries’ vulnerabilities to climate change mean we are hurt the most by its effects; floods, droughts and storms stunt our development. The science is clear that these impacts – and more – are only going to increase in intensity and frequency. We are among those who suffer the most from climate change, despite contributing the least to its cause.

Three years on from the adoption of the Paris Agreement, countries will be meeting next week in Katowice, Poland for two weeks of negotiations to finalise and deliver a set of rules that will bring the Paris Agreement to life.

An effective set of rules will ensure accountability among countries, pushing each to do their fair share. They will encourage more ambitious action to reduce emissions, strengthen resilience and address loss and damage. And they will ensure that the tools and resources developing countries require to act are made available. As Ambassador Ian Fry from Tuvalu says: “Agreeing on a good set of rules in Katowice will enable greater climate action from all. And we need action.”

We are facing a global emergency; the IPCC report on 1.5C made that clearer than ever.

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