NGO alliance presents approach to unlock climate ambition

Moroccan, Indian Win Global Youth Video Competition
After assessing the climate commitments submitted for the United Nations (UN) climate negotiations, civil society groups and other organisations have offered solutions on how countries can fairly increase their pledges.

Speaking at a press briefing in Bonn, the alliance explained that rapid, gender-fair and economically-just transition to a sustainable and equitable economy can only happen within a new era of global cooperation, one that must necessarily include the fair sharing of efforts and resources.

They argued that the commitments captured in the first round of NDCs would not even suffice to keep temperatures “well below 2°C,” much less to a limit of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, urging all the parties to increase ambition far beyond the Paris pledges.

Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth-Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, said: “While more ambition and mitigation is urgently required than currently pledged by all countries, the key element is to take seriously, the means of implementation, finance and support that should take cognizance of equity principles.

“We urge the rich countries to move from talk-shows to take concrete actions and do more to reduce the daily manifestation of climate change impacts on vulnerable groups.

“The time to act was decades ago.”

For Mohamed Adow of International Climate Change Lead, Christian Aid, the climate threat is already reaching danger levels and needs an unprecedented effort to cut emissions in many vulnerable countries.

He said: “Every country must play its part in the coming decade. Countries will need to be confident that all parties are taking their fair share of that effort and less developed countries will need support from their rich counterparts to become thriving zero carbon economies.”

According to Anabella Rosemberg of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), equity is an important factor for setting emission reduction pathways, “as it gives a chance for the poorest in our planet to see their need for prosperity satisfied, while at the same time securing social justice for all those who need to be accompanied in change.”

Meanwhile, Mr. Younes Lamsaoui, from Morocco, and Mr. Adarsh Prathap, India, have been recognised at the UN Climate Change Conference as winners of this year’s Global Youth Video Competition on Climate Change.

They were chosen out of 247 videos submitted from 94 countries for taking decisive climate action.

The video by Younes, untitled Turning Green, highlights how Marrakesh, the “red city,” is responding to the challenges of climate change and how he is contributing to this transition.

As a young primary school teacher, he is educating the next generation on how to help make their cities greener and live sustainable.

The video sits within the climate friendly and resilient cities award category.

Adarsh is the winner of the Oceans and climate change category. His video, Let Mangroves Recover, underlines the importance of mangroves and shows how their preservation can save thousands of lives.

His video sends a strong message on the significance of this ecosystem for the region for saving its vulnerable coastline.

The competition was launched by the UN Climate Change Secretariat’s Action for Climate Empowerment initiative and developed with UNDP GEF-Small Grants Programme, Connect4Climate and Television for the Environment (tve), in partnership with the BNP Paribas Foundation, an official partner of the secretariat at COP 23.



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