End Poverty 2015 - climate change http://endpoverty2015.org/en/taxonomy/term/123/0 en Seal a JUST Deal - The MDG Path to a Climate Change Solution http://endpoverty2015.org/en/climate-change/resource/seal-just-deal-mdg-path-climate-change-solution <p>Climate change is a pressing global challenge that requires global cooperation at unprecedented scaleand speed. However, at the core of this relatively new area of focus lies the long-standing imperative ofglobal poverty. Not only will climate change impact poverty and threaten the achievement of the MDGs,but addressing poverty, MDGs and development inequalities represent an essential step in tackling theimpacts of climate change.</p> <p>Moreover, it is hard to conceive of a global agreement on climate change which does not have MDGs and poverty reduction at its core. Inequalities in the levels of development across and within nations and the need for broad-based growth to realize the rights of the poor remain imperatives of developing and developed countries alike. Unless these long-standing commitments are adequately addressed,an agreement on tackling the new and pressing challenge of climate change will remain elusive.Furthermore, if a global agreement on climate change is not reached, there would be a significant erosion of trust between developed and developing countries.</p> Climate Change English climate change Thu, 22 Apr 2010 20:04:22 +0000 Miki 780 at http://endpoverty2015.org CNN International Debate on Climate Change http://endpoverty2015.org/en/tv/resource/cnn-international-debate-climate-change <p>December 15, 2009- In this <span class="caps">CNN</span> International Debate on climate change, Minar Pimple, the Millennium Campaign’s Deputy Director for Asia, argues that addressing climate change and eradicating poverty go hand in hand. He poses the question of what word leaders can do to achieve a just deal in Copenhagen which integrates the eradication of poverty and achievement of the MDGs. His question is answered by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.</p> TV English climate change cnn Minar Pimple Wed, 16 Dec 2009 20:25:48 +0000 Miki 736 at http://endpoverty2015.org Minar Pimple, Deputy Director for Asia, UN Millennium Campaign http://endpoverty2015.org/en/viral-videos/resource/minar-pimple-deputy-director-asia-un-millennium-campaign Climate Change has a disproportionate impact on the poorest countries, who have contributed the least to the problem. Africa, for instance, accounts for less than 3 percent of global emissions, yet its 850 million inhabitants face some of the biggest challenges from drought and disrupted water supplies. Moreover, poor countries lack the basic infrastructure and financial means to respond adequately to these challenges. Decades of development gains are under threat due to climate change. <br><br> <object width="400" height="243"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/HB8o_bWcSaQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/HB8o_bWcSaQ&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="243"></embed></object> Viral Videos Asia Environmental Sustainability English climate change Wed, 25 Nov 2009 18:00:09 +0000 Miki 754 at http://endpoverty2015.org Sering Falu Njie Deputy Director Policy http://endpoverty2015.org/en/viral-videos/resource/sering-falu-njie-deputy-director-policy Climate Change has a disproportionate impact on the poorest countries, who have contributed the least to the problem. Africa, for instance, accounts for less than 3 percent of global emissions, yet its 850 million inhabitants face some of the biggest challenges from drought and disrupted water supplies. Moreover, poor countries lack the basic infrastructure and financial means to respond adequately to these challenges. Decades of development gains are under threat due to climate change. <br><br> There is a general fear that negotiations may end without an agreement and talks may have to resume in 2010. Developed and developing countries must seal a just deal in Copenhagen by putting development objectives and the MDGs at the core of any current and future agreement. Moreover, the resources allocated to climate change mitigation and alleviation should be additional to existing development commitments, as well as predictable and sustainable. <br><br> <object width="400" height="243"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/JFO-gUiM9IA&hl=en_US&fs=1&"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/JFO-gUiM9IA&hl=en_US&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="400" height="243"></embed></object> Global Viral Videos Environmental Sustainability English climate change Wed, 25 Nov 2009 17:56:02 +0000 Miki 752 at http://endpoverty2015.org Climate Change and the Millennium Development Goals http://endpoverty2015.org/en/climate-change/resource/climate-change-and-millennium-development-goals <p>Climate change and global poverty have attracted considerable attention in recent years as key global justice challenges of our times. Both are serious challenges to the future health and prosperity of our planet. They must be combated simultaneously; we cannot take care of one without addressing the other. An effective attack on poverty and the ill-effects of climate change requires taking comprehensive action that encompasses both issues. We cannot fight climate change without considering the rising energy needs of poor people and countries, nor can we effectively address global poverty without accounting for the impacts of climate change on agriculture, disease patterns and severe weather events, all of which particularly impact the poorest countries.</p> Climate Change Global MDGs English climate change MDGs Wed, 16 Sep 2009 15:15:46 +0000 Miki 785 at http://endpoverty2015.org Polar bears, tandem bikes and climate change http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/223 http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/223#comments Asia Environmental Sustainability climate change Fri, 08 Feb 2008 23:06:07 +0000 admin 223 at http://endpoverty2015.org Fight Climate Poverty with Oxfam http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/222 http://endpoverty2015.org/en/node/222#comments Africa Environmental Sustainability climate change Fri, 08 Feb 2008 23:01:04 +0000 admin 222 at http://endpoverty2015.org UN-backed meeting on climate change's impact on agriculture wraps up http://endpoverty2015.org/en/environmental-sustainabilitynews/un-backed-meeting-climate-changes-impact-agriculture-wraps/20/dec/0 <p>With climate change threatening agriculture in Asia, 10 nations met in a three-day United Nations-sponsored meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to discuss sustainable farming practices to feed growing populations.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.wmo.ch/pages/index_en.html">UN World Meteorological Organization</a> held its Regional Association Asia Working Group on Agricultural Meteorology meeting from 17-19 December, which was attended by representatives from China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam.</p> <p>Global warming is responsible for more frequent and serious droughts, floods and storms across Asia, and this is expected to intensify in the future. Seven of the 10 countries most affected by extreme weather events last year were Asian: the Philippines, the Democratic Peopleâ??s Republic of Korea (<span class="caps">DPRK</span>), Indonesia, Viet Name, India, China and Afghanistan.</p> <p>This year, floods in China have forced nearly 800,000 people from their homes, caused almost $400 million worth of damage and affected over 300,000 hectares of crops. Meanwhile in Bangladesh, more than 3,000 people were killed and millions were left homeless when Cyclone Sidr struck on 15 November.</p> <p>&#8220;In view of the growing populations in Asia and the need for secure access to food for these populations, indoor and urban agriculture is also receiving special attention to make most efficient use of space using controlled environments,&#8221; said <span class="caps">WMO</span> Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.</p> <p>Participants conferred on issues critical to promoting sustainable agriculture in the region, including drought response, impacts of climate change, water resources, pest and diseases.</p> <p><span class="caps">WMO</span> recommends countries invest more in urban and indoor agriculture that can assist greatly in providing food for the hundreds of millions of people living in Asian cities whose populations are surging.</p> <p>The agency also measures providing seasonal prediction and early warning systems are crucial, as well as monitoring systems for regional droughts to guide farmersâ?? decisions on when, where and what crop is best to grow. Forecasts can also help in better managing the spread of pests and diseases.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/environmental-sustainabilitynews/un-backed-meeting-climate-changes-impact-agriculture-wraps/20/dec/0#comments Environmental Sustainability agriculture climate change Thu, 20 Dec 2007 17:20:00 +0000 admin 172 at http://endpoverty2015.org Secretary-General Welcomes Bali Breakthrough http://endpoverty2015.org/en/asianews/secretary-general-welcomes-bali-breakthrough/15/dec/07 <p>Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the outcome of the landmark United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, in which 187 countries today agreed to launch a two-year process of formal negotiations on strengthening international efforts to fight, mitigate and adapt to the problem of global warming.</p> <p>After almost two weeks of marathon discussions, delegates have agreed on both the agenda for the negotiations and a 2009 deadline for completing them so that a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions can enter into effect in 2013.</p> <p>Under the so-called <a href="http://unfccc.int/meetings/cop_13/items/4049.php">Bali Roadmap</a>, the key issues during the upcoming negotiations will be: taking action to adapt to the negative consequences of climate change, such as droughts and floods; devising ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; finding ways to deploy climate-friendly technology; and financing adaptation and mitigation measures.</p> <p>Participating countries have also agreed on a series of steps that can be taken immediately to strengthen their commitment to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (<span class="caps">UNFCCC</span>), such as combating deforestation in poor countries, the scaling up of investment in green technology and enhancing funding for adaptation measures.</p> <p>The text does not specify or mandate emissions targets, but it does say that deep cuts in emissions will be needed to avoid the worst effects of climate change.</p> <p>In a statement issued after the Bali Roadmap was adopted, Mr. Ban called it &#8220;a pivotal first step toward an agreement that can address the threat of climate change, the defining challenge of our time,&#8221; adding that the agreement had met all the benchmarks for success he set out when the Conference began.</p> <p>The Secretary-General said he &#8220;appreciates the spirit of cooperation shown by all parties to achieve an outcome that stands to benefit all humanity.&#8221;</p> <p>Mr. Ban returned today to Bali, after a one-day visit to Timor-Leste, to take part in the final stages of the Conference, which was extended by an extra day as delegates closed in on a deal.</p> <p>But even a few hours before the Roadmap was adopted, it was not clear there would be any breakthrough, prompting Mr. Ban to appeal to delegates not to &#8220;risk everything you have achieved so far&#8230; The hour is late. It is time to make a decision.&#8221;</p> <p>Mr. Ban&#8217;s statement welcoming the Roadmap&#8217;s eventual adoption was echoed by leading UN and international environmental officials at the Conference.</p> <p><span class="caps">UNFCCC</span> Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said Bali had produced &#8220;a real breakthrough, a real opportunity for the international community to successfully fight climate change. Parties have recognized the urgency of action on climate change and have now provided the political response to what scientists have been telling us is needed.&#8221;</p> <p>In his closing address to the plenary session, the Conference President and Indonesian Environment Minister Rachmat Witoelar hailed the &#8220;number of forward-looking decisions&#8221; in the text.</p> <p>&#8220;But we also have a huge task ahead of us and time to reach agreement is extremely short, so we need to move quickly,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Four major <span class="caps">UNFCCC</span> meetings to implement the Bali Roadmap are planned for next year, with the first to be held in either March or April. The negotiations process is scheduled to conclude in 2009 at a major summit in Copenhagen.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/asianews/secretary-general-welcomes-bali-breakthrough/15/dec/07#comments Asia Environmental Sustainability Bali Ban Ki-moon climate change Sat, 15 Dec 2007 23:33:32 +0000 admin 165 at http://endpoverty2015.org Climate change has no respect for borders and affects all, says Ban Ki-moon http://endpoverty2015.org/en/asianews/climate-change-has-no-respect-borders-and-affects-all-says-ban-ki-moon/14/dec/07 <p>Global warming impacts everyone regardless of national borders, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, calling on negotiators at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, to overcome differences and agree on a road map to tackle the issue.</p> <p>Climate change “doesn’t care if you are coming from developing or industrialized countries,” he told reporters during a visit to Timor-Leste, warning that poorer nations will be hit hardest by the phenomenon.</p> <p>Acknowledging that some countries have concerns about a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Mr. Ban said that the time will come in the future to reach a consensus on that.</p> <p>“But our goal at this time is to launch negotiations,” he said.</p> <p>The Secretary-General stated that industrialized countries – especially the biggest emitters – should take the lead in addressing climate change.</p> <p>“If we are not able to agree on this, I would say the negotiators will have to bear their historical responsibilities for the whole international community and the future of planet Earth.”</p> <p>Mr. Ban has repeatedly stressed the importance of creating a road map to tackle climate change and a timeline to produce a new agreement on emissions targets by 2009 so that it can enter into force after the Kyoto Protocol, the current regime, expires in 2012.</p> <p>He is scheduled to return to Bali tomorrow to assess the status of the negotiations.</p> <p>Following that the Secretary-General will travel to Paris to participate in Monday’s Donor’s Conference for the Palestinian Territories.</p> <p>That event will be co-hosted by France, Norway, the European Commission and Tony Blair, the Special Representative for the Middle East diplomatic Quartet, comprising the UN, the United States, the European Union and Russia.</p> <p>Mr. Ban will also attend a dinner with representatives of the Quartet and the League of Arab States.</p> <p>While in Paris, he is also expected to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy.</p> <p>The Secretary-General plans to return to New York next Tuesday.</p> http://endpoverty2015.org/en/asianews/climate-change-has-no-respect-borders-and-affects-all-says-ban-ki-moon/14/dec/07#comments Asia Environmental Sustainability Bali Ban Ki-moon climate change Fri, 14 Dec 2007 23:38:15 +0000 admin 166 at http://endpoverty2015.org