The urgency of climate change, demonstrated by events such as Typhoon Hiyan, did not get addressed by the Warsaw climate talks sufficiently which failed to rise to the occasion to make decisive decisions to address the concerns of the vulnerable population of the world, especially in developing countries. It failed to provide immediately needed climate finance to address adaptation and enhance mitigation in developing countries,” said Sanjay Vashist, Director of Climate Action Network South Asia.
He further added “The developed countries – like the US, Japan and Australia – are shirking a moral and legal obligation, to urgently address the emission gap and which will allow the world to stay below 2 degrees calcium in the increase of temperature, caused due to climate change.”
It was a disappointing Conference of Parties, as the developed countries failed to once again meet their obligation of the much-needed scaling-up. Above all they even failed to provide a clear roadmap to scale up finance, thus leaving developing countries without a predictable flow of funds to take climate action.”The countries even refused to pledge a clear deadline for capitalising the Green Climate Fund, said Sudhir Sharma,” CANSA Advisor. The only glimmer in the murky outlook was $100 million dollars raised as fundraising for the Adaptation Fund. He further added, “One hopes that the Finance Ministerial agreed would really provide the needed finance, unlike the one held in Warsaw.”
Ad-hoc Durban Platform (ADP)
The ADP decision lays the foundation for serious discussions on creating a new architecture to address climate change until 2015 and enhance the pre-2020 emissions, though it is disappointing that the timelines agreed don’t give confidence to ensure a Paris deal. India failed to lead in setting the framework by creating space for operationalising equity to ensure an adequate, fair, and ambitious outcome in 2015, as it has been demanding for many years.
Given the vulnerability of South Asia to climate change, India needs to lead by ensuring that climate change is addressed in an urgent manner. Rixa the co-chair of CAN equity group stated “It was an important opportunity missed by India to set conditions for ambitious commitments by enriching the discussions on equity with own suggestions that could have shaped the debate constructively. She further added that India should take the lead in making equity operational, through the discussions on guidance for countries in preparing their commitments.
Loss and Damage
From the developing country perspective, loss and damage could be called the key issue at the UNFCCC climate change conference in Warsaw. Climate change is having serious impacts on the lives of the poor and the vulnerable, we have the recent example of Cyclone in Bay of Bengal, Phalin and flash floods in Uttrakhand.
Ram Kishan Regional Humanitarian Manager of Christian Aid said, “Rich and powerful nations have betrayed the poor and vulnerable by framing the issue in a manner that it is difficult to address loss and damage; this is nothing compared to the demands of developing countries to establish an international mechanism for loss and damage”.
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