Climate disruption - Appeal from Fort-de-France
Climate disruption - Appeal from Fort-de-France following the regional Caribbean Climate Change Summit 2015 of heads of state and government and regional authority officials (Fort-de-France, 09/05/2015)
Planet Earth is our common cradle. A shared homeland. It is an indivisible ecosystem where frontiers and national vanities cannot conceal a deep interdependence in which the excesses of some affect the security and future of others. In this common homeland, wealth and poverty, abundance and want, are simply the limits of one circular movement of causes and effects.
This interdependence is made all the more obvious by the extraordinary challenges posed by climate change, its chain reactions, ongoing and future disasters, the brutal changes we will all have to suffer.
No one will be able to escape on their own.
No one will fall without impacting the entire biosphere and its resilience.
1. The Caribbean region, which contributes only marginally to greenhouse gas emissions, will nonetheless be one of the most seriously impacted areas. Its population is already experiencing the effects of climate disruption, which could induce extreme, more frequent, more intense phenomena, changes in rainfall patterns, ocean acidification and warming, coral bleaching, rising sea levels, coastal erosion, aquifer salinization, the emergence of new high-incidence-rate vector-borne diseases, reduced agricultural productivity, upheavals in traditional fishing patterns, etc.
2. Looking beyond our emergencies, our unequal responsibilities and our differentiated situations, we must therefore acknowledge:
a unity of destiny that requires us to show a spirit of collective responsibility.
a requirement for shared, effective and concrete solidarity.
These are the two pillars of high global awareness without which we cannot overcome those challenges.
3. The international community has less than a year to define a legally binding instrument applicable to stakeholders in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This agreement will have to be adopted at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) which will take place in Paris, France, in December 2015. This new agreement will have to meet the recommendations contained in the Fifth Assessment (AR5) Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It will also need to have full potential for amendment so as to take into account scientific data as it develops.
4. Therefore, we, heads of state and government and regional authority officials, gathered in Martinique on 9 May 2015, urge world leaders, regional and municipal authorities, the private sector and the peoples of the world:
to join us in an operational formulation that will enable us to address the multi-faceted challenge of climate change in the most solid, sound and broad manner possible;
to understand that international cooperation and collaboration are essential to deal with the causes as well as the consequences of climate change in order to protect our Caribbean region in the interest of future generations and the planet’s equilibrium;
to heed the call of the most vulnerable countries to ensure that this international mobilization benefits the greatest number of people in a perfectly equitable way;
to decide on financial, scientific and technical aid, and on all forms of support designed to enhance the capacities of the Caribbean region to take the adaptation and prospective redeployment measures that will be necessary;
to recognize that certain problems are specific to small island states and territories with low elevation above sea level; that these differentiated situations call for specific solutions suited to their national and cultural realities; that regional expertise and the use of traditional knowledge will be necessary for these measures backed by world solidarity to be met with creative acceptance on the part of local populations;
to provide the financial and technical support needed to prepare and submit their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) by October 2015. Future INDCs will be ambitious. They will provide for greenhouse gas reduction measures. They will determine which ones may be initiated with national resources and specify which ones can be achieved only with international technical, scientific and financial assistance.
5. Finally, although the Caribbean is responsible for only a tiny share of global greenhouse gas emissions, our governments will seek to contribute fully to international efforts to limit future emissions to a level that will ensure the survival of the most vulnerable communities, food security for all and socio-economic wellbeing for all, while showing permanent respect for the equilibrium of our biosphere.
We are in the world and the world is within us.
Therefore, we are the world.
Manila call to action on climate change (Manila, 26/02/2015)
1. We, the Heads of State of the Republic of the Philippines and of the Republic of France, along with leading individuals from different countries committed to climate action gathered in Manila today, wish to engage the international community, all stakeholders and world opinion, on the urgency of addressing climate change seriously, efficiently, and equitably.
2. Less than a year ahead of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) which will take place in Paris in December 2015, the outcome of which will affect the lives of billions of people, we call upon the international community to conclude a universal, equitable and ambitious climate deal, in line with the scientific recommendations set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, to preserve our planet as a livable place for future generations. From Manila today, we hope to make history together in Paris in December and not simply watch history unfold.
3. We call for climate action.
4. As we meet in the Philippines, where people have endured an unprecedented series of extreme weather events in the last few years, we are reminded that while the developing countries have contributed least to climate change, they are the ones that suffer the most from climate change impacts. While we face similar threats and shared vulnerabilities, we have also varying strengths and capacities to address these challenges. However, we believe that our vulnerabilities and exposure to climate-induced hazards can be reduced. In the face of these, the people of the Philippines have shown extraordinary resilience.
5. We call for climate solidarity and justice.
6. We need an agreement negotiated and accepted by everyone and for everyone, an agreement that takes all differences in situations into account, and aims at bridging varying perspectives to hasten collective action. We need an agreement that reduces emissions, creates economic opportunities and equips us to manage the associated risks that are already locked in for the foreseeable future.
7. We call for climate cooperation.
8. Economic growth, poverty reduction, and sustainable development can and must be achieved together. But ensuring equitable access to sustainable development for all will require enhanced means of implementation.
9. We call for financial and technological solidarity.
10. Considering that we are reaching the point of no return on climate change and that we must shift from intentions to action, we solemnly call on:
A) All States to work concretely and swiftly to fight climate change, notably its impacts, and further invite them to present their intended nationally determined contributions, based on their respective national circumstances and capabilities;
B) Developed countries, and developing countries in a position and willing to do so, to provide the poorest and most vulnerable countries with adequate means of implementation, to help them achieve their transition to resilient territories and low-carbon economies;
C) All stakeholders, States, local governments, businesses, private sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations, academia, and citizens, to play their full role in tackling climate change, notably its impacts, and reducing the risks of climate related disasters, through individual efforts and cooperative initiatives; and
D) Everyone to echo this appeal to raise awareness of the urgent action everywhere, and reach a successful global climate agreement this December in Paris.