Individually Survivors, Together a Force – World’s Vulnerable Take Action at COP21

photo-19Today, at the Third High-Level Meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), government leaders representing over 40 countries that are the most vulnerable to impacts from climate change adopted a historic joint declaration, the Manila-Paris Declaration. The Declaration, and its associated three-year Road Map, calls for a more ambitious long-term temperature goal of 1.5˚C, zero emissions by mid-century, and 100% renewable energy decarbonization by 2050.

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At the meeting, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, acknowledged this important action but raised concerns that CVF was not making a coordinated effort to push for an ambitious Paris agreement. Outgoing chair of the CVF, Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III, also called for collective action stating, “individually, we are already survivors; collectively, we are a force towards a fairer, more climate-proactive world.”