CARE’s Poverty, Environment & Climate Change Network (PECCN) shares a new briefing paper which assesses the outcomes of the recent UN climate change talks in Warsaw against CARE's key demands.
Through a series of ten questions and answers, this paper asks 'What happened and where next after the UN 'COP19' climate talks in Warsaw?
Why did CARE attend the climate talks and what happened?
Climate change is already affecting many people we work at CARE – from extreme weather events such as Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines to slower-onset impacts of a warming world such as sea-level rise (in coastal regions like Indonesia and Thailand) and melting glaciers (in the Peruvian Andes, for example).
A small delegation from CARE attended the UN climate change talks in Poland from 11-22 November. CARE was there to urge decision-makers to do more to tackle the growing climate crisis and to advocate for climate-related policies that support the needs and rights of people living in poverty around the world.
In advance of the talks, CARE outlined its key demands. These demands were based on CARE's first-hand experience on the ground and experiences of communities CARE works with who are already telling us that climate impacts are hitting them hard.
Overall, the outcome of the talks was not encouraging as governments struggled to agree how to tackle the growing scale and pace of climate change.
This new paper assesses progress against CARE's key demands and highlights the key opportunities for action over the next year.
For more detail on the talks, see: http://www.careclimatechange.org/warsaw-climate-change-talks-cop19