11 December 2015 - Responding to the latest text released at the Paris climate talks, Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid's Senior Climate Advisor, said:
"This penultimate text shows we are on the verge of our first truly global climate deal. This draft represents good progress and we are within touching distance of the summit.
"In these last few hours we need countries to hold their nerve and insist that the final agreement includes provisions to increase climate ambition over time.
"These final negotiations will be a physical endurance but the short term suffering of delegates will hopefully result in less long term suffering for the world's most vulnerable people."
"There are three things that we need to see in the final version. Loss and damage to help the vulnerable, finance to help the poor, and provisions to increase climate ambition to keep global temperatures in check.
"It's great that we have widespread agreement on limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, but it's useless without a way of getting there. Without an ambition mechanism we only have enough fuel to drive ourselves half way to our destination.
"For a review and resubmission process to be worth anything we need the review part to happen sooner rather than later. That's why we must have a big political moment in 2018 where countries will be brought back to the table and forced to ramp up their climate action."
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