Vulnerable Nations take the Lead on Climate Action

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Dhaka Tribune,

CVF Declaration Meeting

“Bangladesh has shown how renewable energy tackles energy poverty. With today’s commitment to move to 100% Renewable Energy domestically, the government, in coalition with the most vulnerable countries, builds on this success and allows future generations a decent life on this planet,” said Dipal C. Barua, Global 100% Renewable Energy Ambassador.

CVF is an international partnership of the most climate vulnerable nations from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America and the Pacific working to tackle global climate change through collaboration on common goals, communications and the sharing of expertise and experience. It has been a strong advocate of urgent climate action since 2009.

Through the CVF Declaration, the forum members also agreed to increase ambition when it comes to fighting climate change, emphasizing that any country which is not yet doing its fair share consistent with the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal must update their contributions by 2020 to curb carbon emissions and provide financial support to vulnerable nations.

“Without stronger climate action, we might not survive, and this is not an option,” said Climate Vulnerable Former-Forum Chair, H.E. Dr. Gemedo Dalle.

The forum members acknowledged that steps to combat climate change do not hinder development, but strengthens it.

“Climate actions will generate the income needed to finance adaptation plans,” said H.E. Ms. Evelyn Cruzada, Office of the Cabinet Secretary of the Philippines, adding that it is not the developed countries obligation alone to support climate resilient development.

Stressing that a sense of urgency is needed to meet the 1.5 degree Celsius target, H.E. Mr. Edgar Gutierrez, Hon. Minister of Environment and Energy of Costa Rica said that all parties needed to act quickly to keep the momentum of the Paris agreement going.

“We don’t know what countries are still waiting to move towards net carbon neutrality and 100% renewable energy, all parties should start the transition, otherwise we will all suffer,” Secretary Gutierrez added.

Dr. Saleemul Huq, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh; Chair of the CVF Expert Advisory Group said that CVF’s leadership in this declaration challenges other countries into action.

“I am moved to be witnessing this historic moment, the CVF countries have paved the way to a much safer, healthier and prosperous world,” Dr. Huq said.