Massive public pressure needed to rescue climate deal after Warsaw farce and fiasco

Posted by Georgette Thomas Oxfam Media officer, Oxford, UK

23rd Nov 2013



Only massive public pressure can rescue a climate deal, warned Oxfam today, as the Warsaw negotiations closed after a fortnight of farce and fiasco.


Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam said:


"The Warsaw talks opened amidst the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. It is a warning of what climate change could mean for us all yet governments barely seemed to notice."


"Very few countries can leave Warsaw with their head held high. We have witnessed a race to the bottom in these negotiations and it's the world's poorest people who stand to lose the most," said Byanyima.   


"It's time to press the reset button. We need to take these critical decisions for our planets future out from behind closed doors and give them back to the people. A global climate deal still offers the best hope of avoiding climate catastrophe but it's going to take every one of us to make it happen."




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Oxfam Media officer, Oxford, UK

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