The developing nations most at risk due to climate change have urged the leaders of the world’s biggest polluting countries to step up their ambition to match the scale of the climate crisis.
At the just concluded Climate Vulnerable Forum’s (CVF) Virtual Summit, CVF nations showed leadership and committed themselves to the 1.5-degree target by enhancing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and calling on rich nations to do the same ahead of the UNFCCC’s Conference Of Parties (COP) meeting in Poland next month.
“At COP24, governments must act and commit to aligning their national plans with 1.5°C by 2020 and ensure that poor and vulnerable countries get the support they need to adapt to and mitigate climate change,” said Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director at Greenpeace International and CVF All-Women Summit Champion.
“It is the primary responsibility of the leaders in the EU, US, China and other big emitters to act responsibly and within the next few years turn the curve and achieve a safe and sustainable future.”
Vanuatu Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu used the summit to put fossil fuel companies on notice, warning that his nation was actively pursuing legal option to sue the corporations that have caused climate change.
CVF members also voted to adopt the Jummemj declaration, which draws its name from a Marshallese word of seafaring origin signifying a call to action of vigilance, keeping watch against threats.