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WEALTHY COUNTRIES BEHIND THE CLIMATE CRISIS MUST TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE IMPACTS CLIMATE CHANGE IS ALREADY HAVING ON DEVELOPING NATIONS.

Our report, endorsed by over 150 civil society organisations and social movements finds that the US and EU are jointly responsible for more than half (54%) the cost of repairing the damage caused by climate disasters in the Global South.

It highlights how the world needs to establish effective responses to climate disasters, remake global food systems to be resilient in the face of destabilised ecosystems, and respond to increasingly frequent migrant crises in ways that protect the rights of those forced to leave their homes.

The report shows that the first step is for wealthy countries to immediately begin providing public climate finance, based on their responsibility and capacity to act, to support not only adaptation, but to also address the loss and damage already being caused by the climate crisis.

The report calculates countries’ “fair share” of responsibility using an equity analysis, based on historic contributions to climate change through greenhouse gas emissions, and their capacity to take climate action, based on national income while taking into account what is needed to provide basic living standards.

CIVIL SOCIETY EQUITY REVIEW REPORTS

In the period leading up to the 2015 Paris climate summit, we came together to conduct a civil society equity review of the emissions reductions pledges that countries were putting on the table there; over 150 organizations endorsed our review. In 2016, we analyzed whether the climate commitments that Parties had promised for 2020, in combination with their finance pledges were ambitious enough and tolerably fair (over 170 organizations endorsed). In 2017 and then again in 2018, we updated our 2015 report and further expanded on the analysis (especially in the 2018 report) by highlighting the importance of considering the extreme levels of inequality plaguing our world in the context of addressing the climate crisis. Our 2019 report raised the issues of climate justice, equity and fair shares in the context of loss and damage from climate impacts and illuminated the important justice implications of the issues associated with loss and damage.

Below, you can find all reports that we have released so far.

 

(How to cite the reports)

WHO WE ARE

As social movements, environmental and development NGOs, trade unions, faith and other civil society groups, we have come together to assess the climate commitments that have been put on the table through the UN climate negotiations.

We seek to identify which countries are offering to do their fair share, which need to do more, and present recommendations on how to close the emissions gap.

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