Alliance2015 Joint Statement for COP21

November 30, 2015

Alliance2015 members’ expectations for the outcome of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention in Paris

It is anticipated that after decades of negotiation, the international community will finally acknowledge the urgent need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and commit to a transformation of production and consumption patterns.

But there is no time to delay. Previous chances have been squandered, and the window of opportunity for meaningful action is closing rapidly. In May 2013, we entered a new danger zone, crossing the threshold of 400 ppm of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The next 10-15 years are critical if we want to avoid the most dangerous effects of climate change.

Human-induced climate change has significant implications for the work of Alliance2015 members on food and nutrition security, education, improved health systems, empowered and resilient communities. We believe that anthropogenic climate change, as a stress multiplier, must be contained. The climate agreement, to be signed in Paris, is a fundamental step towards this.

In our briefing we outline several recommendations for EU member nations (and Switzerland) at COP21 in Paris for commitments to be made and action to be taken in the following areas:

  • mitigation
  • adaptation
  • loss and damage and climate change-induced migration
  • emissions from agriculture
  • transparent and reliable climate finance

The full Alliance2015 joint statement with recommendations is available here.

In 2000 Hivos was one of the founders of Alliance2015, our principal strategic partnership in Europe, which is a strategic network of European secular development organisations.