Reaction: Rich countries fail to submit ambitious plans to cut emissions

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In response to the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) synthesis report published today, Chelsea Hodgkins, Climate Change Policy Lead at Oxfam, said:

"The UNFCCC NDC synthesis report published today shows the utter failure of world leaders to address the climate crisis. Communities around the world, especially women, Indigenous peoples, marginalised groups and poor countries, are being pushed from their homes, facing hunger and drought conditions, floods, and other climate-induced disasters.

“The climate crisis does not affect everyone equally, so it is critical that governments intentionally design and implement NDCs with equity at the forefront.

“Oxfam supports calls from allies, Business and Human Rights Resource Center and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights International, for NDCs to include specific plans for ensuring equal access to clean, reliable and affordable energy for populations, and clear protections for land rights, especially women’s land rights, and the rights of environmental defenders and Indigenous peoples - including their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

"Countries must work toward putting our world on a safer path by collectively reducing emissions by at least 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030. However, today’s report shows that the combined climate plans submitted will increase global emissions by over 10 per cent by 2030. This is alarming.

"Every fraction of warming is a death sentence, especially for poor communities that are most affected yet least prepared. We call on countries that have not yet submitted their revised climate plans to do so with urgency."


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