The Climate Vulnerable Forum set a milestone today after committing to green energy, regardless the country member’s economy. The most affected countries by climate change are the poorest and even when their contribution to global warming is insignificant they pledged to apply immediate domestic climate actions to pursue the Paris Agreement in the groups’ press release.

The CVF met at the United Nations Climate Conference under way in Marrakech, Morocco, known as the “COP 22.” During the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the CVF agreed to implement green energy projects that will lead the country members to become clean energy nations. The CVF V20 Action Plan focuses on increasing climate investments in their countries by 2020 in an effort to fund clean energy initiatives.

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III President of the Philippines at the Climate Vulnerable Forum high-level event in Paris, France. Image Credit: Government of the Philippines

The CVF is an international group made by those countries that are disproportionately affected by climate change. The global partnership’s goal is to put pressure on the politics surrounding climate change.

The Marrakech Communiqué, released today,  is another measure to create awareness and motivate other countries to follow their example to make the Paris Agreement a reality.

The press release states that all Ministers and High-Level representatives and members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum stand united against global warming. The CVF wrote about education on climate change, the importance of commitment to the Paris Agreement and the urgency to eliminate the carbon industry and change to clean energy sources.

Education is one of the agreements set by the forum members at Marrakech since people need to know the dangers of climate change to create a positive response and solutions to address the problem. Individuals around the world have to understand the risks of global warming and how it affects them to motivate them to be part of the solution.

The group welcomes the landmark Paris Agreement to reduce global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius guided by the principles of the UNFCCC. The country members, through the fight against global warming, even when they barely contributed to it. The phenomenon threatens the wellbeing of several nations, including members of the CVF.

“Climate action does not limit development – it strengthens it.” The statement urges governments to leave behind the carbon economy and join the global efforts to save the planet from human actions. The CVF also reminds countries that have promised to make changes to fight climate change that actions say more than words. Nations need to start working on their climate policies immediately if they are truly committed to the Paris Agreement.

Dr. Gemedo Dale, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Ethiopia chaired today a CVF meeting and urged all members to pursue “robust domestic actions.” He said that despite not provoking climate change, the group has a say on the issue, especially when the forum country members are the most affected by it.  

Climate change is a humanitarian priority, and the Climate Vulnerable Forum insists on commitment to green energy

The CVF is concerned about those countries that have not signed up to the Paris Agreement, or those that did but have not carried any plan to change to green energy. The CVF urges countries to adapt their economy to develop clean energies because climate change is a phenomenon that threatens humanity and everything our race has built.

Those countries seeking help to implement eco-friendly energies will be supported by the CVF for the implementation of those plans. The group also helps countries with financial guidance linked to changes to fight climate change.

Investing in clean energies is investing in order to safeguard lives, livelihoods, land, infrastructure, cultural heritage and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the press release states. The CVF wants to ensure a fiscal balance on the adaptation of measures regarding global warming and mitigation by 2020.

Changing they way we transform energy comes at a cost. The forum announced that developed countries have outlined a plan to manage to raise $100 billion per year to improve predictability on climate finance commitments that aim to help countries to go green.

The CVF wants to set an example and has developed its own plan to fund their climate projects: the V20 Action Plan to 2020. The goal is to increase climate investments -public, private,domestic and international-  in their nations to change their current carbon energy ways to green energy.

“This is the type of bold leadership by example the world needs right now on climate change. If countries that have done the least to cause climate change can take such strong steps, so can others. We need action by all, on behalf of all,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as he praised the CVF initiatives.

Climate change directly affects populations, and the CVF proposes insurance in case of natural disasters

Climate change has brought natural disasters. The loss and damages they provoke have to be addressed. Societies affected by natural phenomena have a hard time recovering, especially in developing countries. Haiti is a recent example.  

The forum proposes the G7 Climate Risk Insurance project that aims to extend insurance coverage for climate-related risk by 2020 to most vulnerable people to global warming consequences. The CVF encourages people to embrace the proposal to extend insurance coverage to communities in the country members.

The Marrakech Communiqué was written in the Climate Vulnerable meeting in Morocco after almost two weeks of discussing which initiatives had to be addressed in the document. The CVF is committed to being an example, and the UN hopes the group will inspire more nations to do something about global warming.

Source: CVF