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Our Climate Danger Is A Threat To The World, Warn Campaigners From SE Asia And Central America

10 December 2015 - The acute vulnerability of Southeast Asia and Central America must be formally recognised in any agreement reached at the climate talks in Paris, 13 Christian Aid partner organisations from the two regions are demanding.

They are also urging delegates to show greater ambition about keeping the global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees centigrade.

“Southeast Asia and Central America are two of the largest concentrations of biodiversity in the world so any threat to them is a threat to the rest of the world,” said Tania Guillén of Centro Humboldt-SUSWATCH (Nicaragua), a spokesperson for the groups in Paris.

“The climate agreement must recognise this and the huge importance of protecting them.”

The campaigners are from countries including Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia (see full list of their organisations below).

“We are alarmed that the current draft text is extremely narrow and only acknowledges the particular vulnerability of the Least Developed Countries and Small Island States.

“We demand it be expanded to include our two regions and all the other vulnerable countries and regions already identified in Article 4 of the existing United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.”

Southeast Asia and Central America are home to the planet’s largest areas of forest and important centres of biodiversity, both terrestrial and marine. These ecosystems are important sources of livelihoods, food security, commerce and trade. 

The campaigners from the two regions also argued for the Paris agreement to be founded on determination to uphold the human rights of all peoples and especially those of the most vulnerable, such as women and children, indigenous peoples, migrants, pepople with disabilities and the poor and marginalised.

Full list of the campaigners’ organisations:
Aksyon Klima Pilipinas
Alianza CentroAmericana por la Resiliencia
Campaña MesoAmericana de Justicia Climatica
Caritas – Diocese of Zacapa, Guatemala
Centro Humboldt - Nicaragua 
Climate Change Working Group Vietnam
Climate Watch Thailand
Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc.
Foro Central America Vulnerable
The NGO Forum on Cambodia
Pool of Trainers
SUSWATCH – Latin America

For more information and to arrange interviews, please contact Rachel Baird at rbaird@christian-aid.org or Gaby Drinkwater at GDrinkwater@christian-aid.org 24 hour press duty phone – 07850 242950  

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