Climate Change http://actionaid.org/tags/429/91 en ActionAid International welcomes UN Secretary-General's landmark warning to avert the climate crisis http://actionaid.org/news/actionaid-international-welcomes-un-secretary-generals-landmark-warning-avert-climate-crisis <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-content"><div class="field field-date-display"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2018-09-10T00:00:00+01:00">Monday, September 10, 2018</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p>Harjeet Singh, Global Lead for Climate Change at ActionAid International, says: &nbsp;</p><p>"As the recent UN climate talks end in deadlock, Guterres message sends a strong signal to rich countries that they must stop backtracking on their commitments. With every month bringing a new climate disaster, the Secretary-General's landmark warning comes not a minute too soon.&nbsp;</p><p>"Government leaders, businesses and citizens need to hear this wake-up call and &nbsp;recognise that addressing climate change will require much more than they are currently doing.</p><p>"Believing in climate change, yet refusing to take the action necessary is just another form of climate denial. Rich countries must shift dramatically away from polluting economies and lifestyles, and help fund the&nbsp;transformation to a safe and sustainable future."</p><p></p> </div> <div class="field field-editors-notes"> <p></p><p>Harjeet Singh is available for interviews.</p><p><strong>Contact</strong></p><p>Thais Portilho</p><p>Interim Head of Communications, ActionAid International</p><p><a href="mailto:thais.portilho@actionaid.org">thais.portilho@actionaid.org</a></p><p>+44 (0)7584 995681</p> </div> </fieldset> Climate Change International Mon, 10 Sep 2018 19:45:39 +0000 thais.portilho 724286 at http://actionaid.org ActionAid demands climate justice at Bangkok negotiations http://actionaid.org/2018/08/actionaid-demands-climate-justice-bangkok-negotiations <div class="field field-image-nid"> <div class="buildmode-embedded_image"> <div class="node node-type-image clear-block"> <div class="nd-region-middle-wrapper nd-no-sidebars" ><div class="nd-region-middle"><div class="field field-image-file"> <a href="/2018/08/actionaid-demands-climate-justice-bangkok-negotiations" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large imagecache-linked imagecache-thumb_large_linked"><img src="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/thumb_large/image/212657.jpeg" alt="" title="" width="140" height="140" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large"/></a> </div> </div></div> </div> <!-- /node --> </div> <!-- /buildmode --> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p>From California to Kerala, this summer has seen deadly climate events sweep through developed and developing countries alike, leaving a devastating trail of destruction in their wake.</p><p>The soaring temperatures in Europe, droughts, wildfire and flooding of the past few months across the globe should act as a wakeup call to world leaders about the urgent need for action on climate change. Because time is running out to prevent global warming on a catastrophic scale.</p><p>Next week, I’m part of an ActionAid delegation heading to Bangkok for the UN climate change conference (UNFCCC) to ramp up the pressure and push for real action.</p><p>The event is an opportunity for governments to agree some of the details for how to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement, which saw governments agree the goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C.</p><p>As ActionAid’s global policy lead on climate change, I’m heading up our efforts in negotiations at the conference. We’re bringing five demands to the table that will pave the way for progress on climate justice:&nbsp;</p><ul><li>The ‘rulebook’ for how to implement the Paris Agreement must guarantee sufficient, real and predictable climate finance for developing countries;</li><li>Protection must be guaranteed for communities facing loss and damage due to runaway climate change, and those living with the impacts of climate-induced displacement and forced migration;</li><li>The rulebook must safeguard food security, land rights, human rights and advance the pursuit of gender equality;</li><li>Urgent action to cut emissions is needed if the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C is to be achieved.</li></ul><p>All countries must do their fair share of climate action. Developed countries must take the lead, recognising they have contributed the majority of harmful emissions and have greater capacity to respond.</p><p>The climate crisis is already impacting many of the communities supported by ActionAid around the world, disproportionately affecting women and girls, and the poorest and most vulnerable. We have witnessed the devastating effects of climate change first hand and will continue to work with partners to push governments to achieve climate justice.</p><p><b>Join us in demanding climate justice at Bangkok: <a href="https://twitter.com/actionaid">Follow @ActionAid</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ActionAid/lists/sb48bangkok">subscribe to our list for updates from our experts at the conference</a>.</b></p><p><b>Donate to ActionAid’s emergency fund for survivors of the devastating flooding in Kerala, via the following offices:</b></p><ul><li><a href="https://aakeralafloods.raisely.com/"><b>ActionAid Australia</b></a></li><li><a href="https://www.actionaidindia.org/kerala-relief/"><b>ActionAid India</b></a></li><li><b><a href="https://www.actionaid.org.uk/donate/our-emergency-appeals">ActionAid UK</a><br /></b></li></ul> </div> http://actionaid.org/2018/08/actionaid-demands-climate-justice-bangkok-negotiations#comments Climate Change Emergencies & Conflict International Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:08:34 +0000 Harjeet.Singh 723758 at http://actionaid.org Analysis of the EFSD Investment Window on Sustainable and Inclusive Cities http://actionaid.org/publications/analysis-efsd-investment-window-sustainable-and-inclusive-cities <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/analysis-efsd-investment-window-sustainable-and-inclusive-cities" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/efsd_sustainable_cities_investment_window_cso_response-1.png" alt="" title="" width="240" height="322" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right"/></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid, Climate Action Network Europe </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/efsd_sustainable_cities_investment_window_cso_response.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>efsd_sustainable_cities_investment_window_cso_response.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2018-06-12T00:00:00+01:00">Tuesday, June 12, 2018</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>People living in cities all over the world are becoming more active agents of change in international sustainable development and the clean energy transition. Cities and local authorities are responsible for implementing some of the core international agreements adopted by our governments; in particular, the Paris Climate Agreement, UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. It is thus appreciated that the EIP expresses the importance of supporting cities towards achieving the objectives of those agreements. We also welcome the references to the UN Habitat New Urban Agenda, that all countries committed to implement and that should guide EU efforts to contribute to inclusive and sustainable cities.</p><p>We appreciate that the EIP is envisaged as a tool to implement the Paris Agreement. With that said, it must be guaranteed that the Sustainable Cities (SC) window (and all other windows of the EIP) will be fully compatible with the objectives of the Paris Agreement, which is binding to the European Union and its Member States. Indeed, the Paris Agreement requires that financial flows are compatible with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development. Therefore, if the EU is serious in implementing this commitment and contributing to SDG #13 "Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts", it needs to ensure that all projects supported under the EFSD, and especially under the SC window, do not undermine the Paris Agreement.</p><p>However, we note with concern that there is little emphasis on human rights and the social dimension of the SC window. As acknowledged in the UN New Urban Agenda (herein referred to as NUA), "social and economic exclusion and spatial segregation are often an irrefutable reality in cities and human settlements". The NUA embraces the principles of inclusion, innovation and integration to inform balanced territorial and urban planning towards greater social and physical well-being and an improved quality of life. The NUA also recognizes the concept of Right to the city (or cities for all), where city is seen as a common good.' Public spaces and green areas need to be integral to city planning initiatives. Governments committed "to achieve cities and human settlements where all persons are able to enjoy equal rights and opportunities, as well as their fundamental freedoms, guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law".</p> </div> Europe Climate Change Governance International Tue, 12 Jun 2018 10:09:50 +0000 Rob Safar 719770 at http://actionaid.org Pollution Killing More Indians Than Wars, Govt Must Understand Urgency of Now http://actionaid.org/2017/11/pollution-killing-more-indians-wars-govt-must-understand-urgency-now <div class="field field-image-nid"> <div class="buildmode-embedded_image"> <div class="node node-type-image clear-block"> <div class="nd-region-middle-wrapper nd-no-sidebars" ><div class="nd-region-middle"><div class="field field-image-file"> <a href="/2017/11/pollution-killing-more-indians-wars-govt-must-understand-urgency-now" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large imagecache-linked imagecache-thumb_large_linked"><img src="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/thumb_large/image/trafficjamdelhi_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="140" height="140" class="imagecache imagecache-thumb_large"/></a> </div> </div></div> </div> <!-- /node --> </div> <!-- /buildmode --> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p><strong></strong>Delhi is battling toxic smog yet again. It is not unlikely that we forget about the health emergency in a few weeks. India topped global pollution deaths in 2015, according to a report by The Lancet Commission on Pollution and Health, coincidently released this Diwali. Out of nine million deaths worldwide, 2.5 million die prematurely in India, the research claimed. About two weeks later, another report on global climate change and its impact on health painted further grim picture of India. Data modeling for 2015 showed that India has had over 5 lakh premature deaths, second highest in the world, attributable to air pollution and Particulate Matter (PM) 2.5 concentration in the air.</p><p>We lose more people to pollution than we would possibly to a war. Yet, successive governments resort to ad hoc measures, lacking implementation of a long term strategy to ensure clean air to people, aiding their fundamental right to life.</p><p>It is evident that knee-jerk solutions won't work anymore. It requires a multi-pronged strategy by executing it with full commitment of all stakeholders.</p><p>Sources of pollution are not a mystery. Several studies have been conducted in the last few years and all suggest that burning of coal, biomass and waste, local brick kiln industry, road dust and vehicles are the main sources. The seasonal stubble burning in the neighbouring states escalates the crisis.</p><p>We have many successful examples from all across the world to learn from to deal with such an emergency.</p><p>Beijing made substantive gains in the run up to and after 2008 Olympics by shutting down industries and power plants a month before the games began, and then strictly implementing Odd-Even number car usage policy, promoting public transport sector, and enforcement of a ban on burning coal and biomass for cooking and heating.</p><p>Last December, Paris also implemented its odd-even number car usage policy and as an emergency measure it made all public transport free to counter smog as bulk of it is vehicular pollution.</p><p>London uses better technology and higher standards for air quality index and implements a stringent emergency plan by forecasting pollution levels at least 48 hours in advance. However, in India, we have found to be reactive at best.</p><p>Few actions have been taken by the governments either on its own will or under pressure from the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Temporary closure of NTPC coal-fired power plant, odd-even number car policy, taxing trucks entering city limits, a temporary ban on registration of large diesel vehicles and use of generators, and a half-hearted implementation of Supreme Court ban on the sale of fireworks in Delhi have not yielded desired results.</p><p>The immediate challenge of stubble burning needs to be tackled urgently yet sensitively.</p><p>Farming community that is already reeling from multiple crises can't be coerced to stop the practice without adequate compensation.</p><p>As Devinder Sharma, an agricultural scientist and distinguished trade policy analyst, highlighted in his blog last year, the issue of stubble burning is also linked to mechanised harvesting. It may not be possible to go back entirely to manual harvesting but technological improvement in combine harvesters through a strong policy measure is a clear possibility.</p><p><strong>Other long term measures include:</strong></p><ul><li>A clean, safe, reliable and more importantly convenient public transport that also attracts middle and upper class commuters squarely.</li><li>Promote public awareness on the use of public transport and pro-environment behaviour.</li><li>Higher clean fuel standard for all cars and swiftly shifting to electric cars, as already announced by NITI Ayog, a bold step welcomed by the global community.</li><li>Enabling infrastructure to promote safe cycling. A few experiments have been undertaken but scaling them up quickly is key.</li><li>Improving garbage collection and waste management. It requires a systemic approach by the government, responsible citizen behaviour and better involvement of rag-picking community.</li><li>Adopting and enhancing clean and renewable sources of power generation such as solar. The huge potential of rooftop solar power has not yet been fully harnessed.</li><li>Using better technology to anticipate and emergency action plan to tackle temporary pollution levels due to uncontrollable climatic factors.</li></ul><p>All this can only be made possible with adequate budgetary allocations, coordination with neighbouring states and better enforcement of policies and measures.In the German city of Bonn, luckily where my lungs are getting good clean air, we are campaigning for ambitious and urgent actions to fight climate change - another man-made crisis caused by pollution from the burning of fossil fuels.It is high time we show utmost political will and people's movement to win over the war on pollution.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>This article was orginally published on <a href="http://www.news18.com/news/india/analysis-pollution-killing-more-indians-than-wars-1573855.html">News18</a></em></p> </div> http://actionaid.org/2017/11/pollution-killing-more-indians-wars-govt-must-understand-urgency-now#comments India Asia Climate Change International Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:33:44 +0000 Harjeet.Singh 711757 at http://actionaid.org Fiji must provide courageous leadership in climate talks says ActionAid http://actionaid.org/news/fiji-must-provide-courageous-leadership-climate-talks-says-actionaid <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-content"><div class="field field-date-display"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-11-03T00:00:00+00:00">Friday, November 3, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-intro"> <p><span>As a new round of climate negotiations gear up to start in Bonn next week, all eyes are on the small island state of Fiji, the official President of the negotiations&nbsp;for&nbsp;COP 23.</span></p> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <div><span>Harjeet Singh, global lead on climate&nbsp;change&nbsp;for ActionAid says,</span></div><div><span>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span>“This is the first time that a highly vulnerable small island state will preside over climate negotiations. This&nbsp;conference&nbsp;presents a poignant moment, and a powerful opportunity for&nbsp;change.</span></div><div><span>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span>“Fiji has a moral responsibility to make sure that the interests of vulnerable nations are represented, and that this climate&nbsp;conference&nbsp;is remembered for taking sides with the most impacted&nbsp;people.</span></div><div><span>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span>“It’s a scandal that while the system provides international finance to help countries mitigate and adapt to climate change, there is still nothing&nbsp;for those coping with loss &amp; damage from climate impacts. Essentially, to those that have lost everything, the UN&nbsp;is saying ‘Sorry guys, you’re on your own.’</span></div><div><span>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span>“A key part of Fiji’s role will be to ensure that the new ‘rulebook’ for implementing the Paris Agreement really does deliver meaningful climate action. But they must also provide courageous leadership to make vulnerable people safe from the impacts of climate change.”&nbsp;</span></div> </div> </fieldset> News Climate Change International Mon, 13 Nov 2017 13:40:27 +0000 ravneeta 711694 at http://actionaid.org "Climate Smart Agriculture" causes confusion http://actionaid.org/publications/climate-smart-agriculture-causes-confusion <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/climate-smart-agriculture-causes-confusion" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/climate_smart_agriculture_confusion_4pages.png" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right"/></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/climate_smart_agriculture_confusion_4pages.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>climate_smart_agriculture_confusion_4pages.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-10-11T00:00:00+01:00">Wednesday, October 11, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p><strong>'<em>Climate Smart Agriculture</em>' is gaining increasing attention among governments, NGOs, academics, corporations, researchers and international policy spaces.</strong> With the impacts of climate change being felt on food systems around the world, and the contribution of agriculture to global emissions also gaining attention, agriculture is one of the issues at the heart of climate change concerns. But there is growing confusion and debate over what the term 'Climate Smart Agriculture' really means, and whether it really can benefit food systems in the face of climate change.</p><p>The concept of 'Climate Smart Agriculture' was originally developed by the FAO and the World Bank, claiming that "triple wins" in agriculture could be achieved in mitigation (reducing greenhouse gas emissions), adaptation (supporting crops to grow in changing climate conditions), and increasing crop yields. A number of industrialised countries (the US in particular), along with a number of agribusiness corporations, are now the most enthusiastic promoters of the concept.</p><p>But increasingly civil society and farmer organisations express concerns that the term can be used to green-wash industrial agricultural practices that will harm future food production. Some governments and NGOs also worry that pressure to adopt Climate Smart Agriculture will translate into obligations for developing countries’ food systems to take on an unfair mitigation burden. They point out that their agricultural systems have contributed the least to the problem, but that mitigation obligations could limit their ability to effectively adapt to the climate challenges ahead.</p><p>Ultimately, there are no means to ensure that 'Climate Smart Agriculture' is actually smart for the climate, for agriculture, or for farmers.</p><p><em>This document is a shortened and updated extract from ActionAid’s 2014 briefing “<a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/clever-name-losing-game-how-climate-smart-agriculture-sowing-confusion-food-movement">Clever Name, Losing Game: how ‘Climate Smart Agriculture’ is causing confusion in the food movement</a>”.</em></p> </div> Climate Change Governance International Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:39:41 +0000 Rob Safar 709596 at http://actionaid.org Agroecology, Empowerment and Resilience: Lessons from ActionAid's Agroecology and Resilience project http://actionaid.org/publications/agroecology-empowerment-and-resilience-lessons-actionaids-agroecology-and-resilience-pr <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/agroecology-empowerment-and-resilience-lessons-actionaids-agroecology-and-resilience-pr" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/agroecologyempowermentresilience-lessons_from_aer.png" alt="" title="" width="240" height="340" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right"/></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/agroecologyempowermentresilience-lessons_from_aer.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>agroecologyempowermentresilience-lessons_from_aer.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2017-10-05T00:00:00+01:00">Thursday, October 5, 2017</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>West Africa is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Following a severe drought in the region in 2012, ActionAid initiated the Agroecology and Resilience (AER) project in Senegal and The Gambia, with funding from the US-based MAC Foundation. With an emphasis on women’s empowerment, agroecology and disaster risk reduction strategies, the project works to strengthen communities’ own capacity to analyse the challenges they face and to create change.</p><p>The project began in 2013. Since then, the region has continued to face the escalating impacts of climate change including drought, late rains, flooding, as well as rising sea levels and increased salinity in coastal, island and river estuary areas. These challenges have tested the project, showing its many achievements, and providing lessons on areas that can be further strengthened.</p><p>A mid-term review of the AER project provides key lessons for the wider ActionAid federation and other actors seeking to build resilience to climate change.</p> </div> Climate Change Food & land rights International Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:10:16 +0000 Rob Safar 709185 at http://actionaid.org Climate change will cause migration in South Asia to escalate uncontrollably in coming years, warn three major international organisations http://actionaid.org/news/climate-change-will-cause-migration-south-asia-escalate-uncontrollably-coming-years-warn-three- <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-content"><div class="field field-date-display"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2016-12-08T00:00:00+00:00">Thursday, December 8, 2016</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-intro"> <p>Three major international organisations warn of the devastating and increasing impact of climate change on migration as policy makers converge on Bangladesh for the Global Forum on Migration and Development on Saturday 9 December.&nbsp; In the <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders">in-depth study</a> ActionAid, Climate Action Network South Asia and Bread for the World (Brot Fuer Die Welt) paint a picture of the escalating strain affecting the region and warn of the need for international government action.</p> </div> <div class="field field-body"> <p>In 2016 people in South Asia are suffering devastation due to extreme weather and people are on the move like never before.&nbsp; In May 2016, Cyclone Roanu ripped through Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh causing widespread damage and leaving in its wake reconstruction costs estimated at $1.7 billion.&nbsp; In April 2016 temperatures reached a record-breaking 51 degrees in Rajasthan, India.&nbsp; And across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, 2015-16 brought with it extended drought and crop failure, affecting 330 million people in India alone and many more across the region.</p><p>While the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) anticipates climate change impacts will be felt even more severely in future years, political disputes and cross-border fighting often characterise the reaction to migration across the region more than active solutions and problem-solving. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sanjay Vashist, Climate Action Network South Asia’s Director, said:</strong></p><p><em>“The governments of South Asia must recognise that climate change knows no borders. Governments have a responsibility to use our shared mountains, rivers, history and cultures to seek common solutions to the droughts, sea-level rise and water shortages that the region is increasingly experiencing.&nbsp; We urgently need more cross-border efforts to help people cope with the new normal of climate disasters and protect people who are forced to migrate.”</em></p><p>The need for South Asian governments to monitor the specific impact of climate migration on women and girls is highlighted as a key concern for the region to address. <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders">The report</a> outlines the growing and alarming trend of women and girls trafficked into sexual exploitation as a result of migration, as well as the burden placed upon women at home whose husbands are forced to migrate.</p><p>The Warsaw International Mechanism, established in 2013 at the UN and affirmed by the last round of climate talks at Paris last year, does seek to address climate-induced displacement and migration. However, little has yet been secured to protect the rights of people displaced by climate change, leaving their international legal status uncertain and not akin to the rights of people fleeing conflict who have in some cases similarly lost their homes, families and jobs.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Harjeet Singh, ActionAid’s Global Lead on Climate Change, said:</strong></p><p><em>"The UN's Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage must work to ensure legal protection for people who are forced to migrate or are displaced by climate change. South Asian countries need support so that climate change doesn't inevitably translate into alarming levels of unsafe migration and conflict over resources.&nbsp; Rich nations must also not fail to recognise their role in causing the climate crisis. They must help fight the flames in South Asia and elsewhere that they themselves kindled through carbon emissions in the first place."</em></p><p><strong>Sophia Wirsching, Bread for the World’s Policy Advisor on Migration and Development, said:</strong></p><p><em>“The world faces an unprecedented environmental crisis. The study raises an alarm on the reality of climate change-induced migration in South Asia and stresses the need to protect the human rights of people who are forced to migrate.”</em></p><p>The Global Forum on Migration and Development runs from 10 to 12 December in Dhaka, Bangladesh where meetings around the theme of a “transformative migration agenda” will be held.&nbsp; The meetings will bring together government policy makers, civil society and development representatives, UN bodies and migration experts from around the world to agree upon solutions to migration issues.</p><p><strong>ENDS</strong></p> </div> <div class="field field-editors-notes"> <p>The report “Climate Changes Knows No Borders” is available here:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders">http://www.actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders</a></p><p>For more information, briefings and interviews, please contact ActionAid’s Climate Change Lead, Harjeet Singh, currently in Dhaka on: +91 98 10 036 864 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:Harjeet.singh@actionaid.org">Harjeet.singh@actionaid.org</a>&nbsp;or Sanjay Vashist, Director, Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) also in Dhaka on +91 99100 96125 or&nbsp;<a href="mailto:sanjay@cansouthasia.net">sanjay@cansouthasia.net</a></p><p>The Global Forum on Migration and Development is being held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 10 to 12 December 2016:&nbsp;<a href="http://gfmd.org/">http://gfmd.org/</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </fieldset> News bangladesh Climate Change displacement migration Nepal South Asia Sri Lanka india Climate Change International Thu, 08 Dec 2016 10:44:27 +0000 grace.cahill 686992 at http://actionaid.org Climate Change Knows No Borders http://actionaid.org/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/climate-change-knows-no-borders" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/climate_change_migration_in_south_asia_online_0.png" alt="" title="" width="240" height="340" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right"/></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/climate_change_migration_in_south_asia_web_version.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>climate_change_migration_in_south_asia_web_version.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2016-12-08T00:00:00+00:00">Thursday, December 8, 2016</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <h2>An analysis of climate induced migration, protection gaps and need for solidarity in South Asia</h2><p>Climate change is having devastating impacts on communities’ lives, livelihoods and food security across South Asia. Its consequences are so severe that it is increasingly contributing to migration, and this incidence is likely to escalate much more in the years to come as climate change impacts become more serious.</p><p>Migration has always taken place in South Asia, for long before climate change became an issue. “Push factors” include conflict, poverty, land access and ethnicity, while there are also many “pull factors” such as development, livelihoods, seasonal labour, kinship and access to health or services. However because of this background of migration, South Asian countries are slow to recognise the role of climate change as an additional push factor, and the level to which it is driving migration. Climate change is thus still largely invisible in the migration discourse in South Asia.</p><p>This study looks at climate change and its impacts on migration in South Asia, and particularly in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The South Asia region is particularly vulnerable to climate change events. Droughts, heat waves, cyclones, rising sea levels, heavy rainfall, landslides and floods strike, are often felt by two or more neighbouring countries in the region, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (IPCC AR5) anticipates that these are likely to be felt more severely in future. Unfortunately, in the face of climate change, political issues governing trans-boundary rivers such as the Ganga, Brahmaputra and the Indus, creates regional tensions over who controls the water, and further exacerbates downstream communities’ vulnerability to drought or flood.</p> </div> Climate Change Emergencies & Conflict International Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:34:49 +0000 Rob Safar 686317 at http://actionaid.org Global Goal on Adaptation: From concept to practice http://actionaid.org/publications/global-goal-adaptation-concept-practice <div class="field field-publication-cover-image"> <a href="/publications/global-goal-adaptation-concept-practice" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right imagecache-linked imagecache-image_heading_right_linked"><img src="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/imagecache/image_heading_right/global_goal_on_adaptation_from_concept_to_practice_v2_online_dbl_spread.png" alt="" title="" width="240" height="340" class="imagecache imagecache-image_heading_right"/></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-author"> ActionAid, Care, WWF </div> <div class="field field-publication-full"> <a href="http://actionaid.org/sites/files/actionaid/global_goal_on_adaptation_from_concept_to_practice_v2_online_dbl_spread.pdf"><img alt="application/pdf icon" src="http://actionaid.org/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/application-pdf.png" /><span>global_goal_on_adaptation_from_concept_to_practice_v2_online_dbl_spread.pdf</span></a> </div> <div class="field field-publication-date-published"> <span class="date-display-single"><time datetime="2016-11-11T00:00:00+00:00">Friday, November 11, 2016</time></span> </div> <div class="field field-publication-overview"> <p>The climate crisis we face today is a result of historical greenhouse gas emissions primarily from developed countries and already posing an unjust burden on developing countries.</p><p>The Paris Agreement includes a Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA) which provides a “north star” for driving action and support for vulnerable countries, populations and ecosystems to adapt to climate change impacts in conjunction with mitigation ambition</p><p>In order to significantly advance action under the Global Goal on Adaptation by 2018, a key international climate policy moment, the report recommends to:</p><ul><li>Accelerate the development and implementation of National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and assessments on capacity gaps and support needs in developing countries</li><li>Assist countries in effective adaptation reporting by prioritising adaptation capacity building and strengthening global institutions in the planned 2017 review;</li><li>Develop metrics and indicators by 2018 to measure progress towards meeting the objective of Global Goal on Adaptation;</li><li>Scale-up adaptation finance provided by developed countries for priority actions in developing countries, and longer-term needs, based on adaptation scenarios linked to different warming levels, and a 2025 adaptation finance target;</li></ul> </div> Climate Change Governance International Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:30:51 +0000 Rob Safar 683024 at http://actionaid.org