Rich countries disinclined to pay for climate change

Rich countries disinclined to pay for climate change

Fifty activists demonstrated outside the United Nations headquarters in Bangkok to denounce the disinclination of rich countries to fund poor nations in the fight against climate change.

“Rich countries: Render your debt,” read the banners of the activists who also wore masks of U.S. President Barack Obama, and other European leaders outside the building where they hold a meeting on climate change.

Led by the organization Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JS-APMDD), participated in the protest collective representatives of Chile, Bangladesh, Philippines, Australia, United States, Kenya and South Africa, among other countries.

The JS-APMDD coordinator, Lidy Nacpil, said the Kyoto Protocol expiring at the end of this year developed countries, mainly the European Union and the United States, have not yet been committed to finance the fight against climate overall in the coming years.

Nacpil said this climate debt “is for those responsible for emitting excess greenhouse gases into the atmosphere for over a century, those responsible for climate change that now refuse to take responsibility.”

According to the activist, it takes a great level of funding for the peoples of developing countries to cope with the consequences of climate change, such as rising sea levels, increased droughts and floods.

Activists also reported that projects like the plan to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD), adopted during talks on climate change, contribute to “sell” the nature and evict indigenous communities from their lands.

The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change began last Thursday in Bangkok the last round of negotiations before the summit to be held later this year in Doha (Qatar).

These negotiations are aimed at moving towards a new global pact to reduce emissions in developing countries linked to financing guarantees to deal with the risks of global warming.

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