You know the feeling when small countries end up being underwater and they tell you to rewrite your national climate plan. Photo: © Shutterstock – Kjetil Kolbjornsrud

Climate-vulnerable countries: 2015 commitments are outdated

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) has urged countries to step up and revise their national climate plans without further delay. “Growing climate risks, economic and technological developments in low-carbon technology, as well as increased action by sub-national actors, make the national climate plans submitted by governments in 2015 outdated and requiring review,” said CVF. “1.5C is completely feasible, but it requires bold political will. All countries must internalise the urgency and start the process of revising their current national targets no later than January 2019 to secure survival and prosperity for all of us.”

The current commitments made by countries in 2015 lead to dangerous warming that can reach 3 or 4 degrees Celsius. The gap is wide with the 1.5C target set in Paris. “It is imperative that the Talanoa Dialogue should deliver a political outcome in COP24 that triggers a process for revision of national targets before 2020.”



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