7th December 2015 - As national ministers congregate at the UN climate talks in Paris for the final week, Christian Aid has urged countries to speed up negotiations around a ratchet and review mechanism.
Christian Aid's Senior Climate Advisor, Mohamed Adow, said: "Four years ago in Durban we were put on a path to a global climate deal. We are now one week away from securing an agreement that could give us a safe and secure future.
"Ministers now have two choices. One is a weak deal which is in danger of us heading to a 3 degree world and climate chaos. The other option gives us a fighting chance to stay below 1.5 degrees.
"At this stage in the proceedings all the components of the deal are interconnected. The "solidarity package" goes hand in hand with mitigation. This package includes adaptation for poor countries and loss and damage to provide insurance for countries which won't be able to adapt. And without a robust review and ratchet mechanism that will keep temperatures to below 2 degrees or 1.5 degrees, adaptation and loss and damage will be far greater and more expensive."
He added: "The countries here who are questioning the need for an early review and resubmission of their pledges are risking a 3 degree world. That is a dangerous game with only a few days to go.
"Review and resubmission is the gateway to ambition."
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2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, sustainably. Our strategy document Partnership for Change explains how we set about this task.
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