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Climate talks: poor countries should have nothing to fear from stronger emission targets

October 19 2015 - Civil society has today published its review of national climate plans that will make up the global agreement at COP 21 in Paris next month. Findings show that developing countries are already doing more than their fair share, and rich countries need to be willing to do much more.

The report Fair Shares: A Civil Society Equity Review of INDCs shows that developing countries like Kenya, Indonesia and the Marshall Islands are pulling their weight but richer countries such as the USA, Russia and the EU have to come to the Paris negotiations offering to do much more to get the world onto a path to a safe climate.  Rapidly developing countries such as India and China were also performing well though Brazil is lagging a little behind.

Christian Aid’s Principle Climate Advisor, Dr Alison Doig, said it was vital the Paris deal was a fair one. 

“The issue of equity, all countries doing their fair share in the global effort, has been at the heart of the UN’s climate change convention,” she said. “It’s only right that richer countries, who have benefitted the most from climate change causing industrialisation, do more of the heavy lifting in tackling it.

“This review shows that they still have some way to go to meet these requirements and are already being put to shame by much poorer nations.”

She added that this showed the need for a five year review cycle for the Paris agreement, designed to avoid locking in long periods of inaction.
She said: “The Paris deal needs to include a mechanism which can push up emission reduction targets every 5 years to ensure we are on track to stay well below 2 degrees of warming, and this report shows why it is important to do this in a fair way.

“Some developing nations have been worried about the needed review cycle as it calls on all countries to ratchet up their ambition and do more, but hasn’t included language around rich countries ratcheting faster than poor countries. For a fair deal, wealthy countries will have to be willing to support increased emissions reduction in developing countries through financing and technology transfer.”

For more information contact Joe Ware at jware@christian-aid.org. The 24 hour Christian Aid press duty phone is 07850 242950.

The report can be read here: www.civilsocietyreview.org.

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