3 December 2014 - As the UN climate talks in Lima, Peru, began in earnest, Christian Aid warned that the lack of equal progress on climate finance, adaptation and emissions cuts threaten to derail a Paris deal.
With rich countries keen on an emissions-focussed agreement in Paris next year the crucial issues of finance and assistance to poor nations adapting to climate change are being sidelined in Lima risking lopsided negotiations which may topple over in Paris.
Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Change Advisor Mohamed Adow said: "Poor countries won’t accept a deal without provision of finance to help them adapt to climate change and accelerate their transition to a low carbon, resilient future.
“The Paris agreement is being built using the actions that each country is prepared to take, known as ‘individual nationally determined contributions’ (INDCs). But so far these only apply to what countries will do on emission cuts. It is vital that these INDCs include finance pledges and adaptation support otherwise a successful deal won’t get done.
“It’s like putting up a Peruvian tepee, you need three poles of equal length otherwise it will collapse. Right now the emissions pole is much longer than the poles on adaptation and finance and it’s in danger of falling over.
“We must leave this summit in Lima with guidelines for countries to include comprehensive commitments covering all the issues if we’re going to avoid a situation like the collapse at the 2009 talks in Copenhagen when not enough preparation was done ahead of the summit.”
Mohamed Adow will be in Lima for the duration of the summit. He can be contacted for interviews on firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information contact Joe Ware at email@example.com. The 24 hour Christian Aid press duty phone is 07850 242950.
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