[Events] Civil society groups join forces to demand climate finance from richer countries-PMCJ/AKP/FDC

Civil society groups join forces to demand climate finance from richer countries

CSO demand climate finance from richer countries. Photo from PMCJ FB

CSO demand climate finance from richer countries. Photo from PMCJ FB

Two hundred activists and advocates from three civil society networks and movements marched in July 16 to the Dusit Thani Hotel, where a United Nations meeting on climate finance is being held until tomorrow.

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (AKP), the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) and the Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) called on the delegates of richer or developed countries, which emitted the most greenhouse gas emissions throughout history, to “pay up their climate bill” by funding the adaptation and mitigation efforts of poorer or developed countries and by reducing their own greenhouse gas emissions.

In their mobilization, the activists presented a “billing statement” for developed countries which listed climate change impacts, including casualties and damages from typhoons, decreasing agricultural yield and fish kills.

Naderev Saño of the Philippines and Mark Storey of Sweden, co-chairs of the Long-Term Finance program under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dropped by the mobilization to receive the joint statement of AKP, PMCJ and FDC.

The first meeting of experts for the Long-Term Finance program under the UNFCCC will be held at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City on July 16 and 17. The program aims to help raise at least USD 100 billion every year by 2020 for the adaptation and mitigation activities of poorer countries like the Philippines, which also happens to be among the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

“The Philippines and other poorer countries are doing what they can to raise their own funds for adaptation and mitigation, but those who have the most responsibility should do their long-overdue share,” said Voltaire Alferez, AKP national coordinator.

The type of funds raised for climate finance also matters, said Gerry Arances, PMCJ national coordinator.

“There are existing funds but most are coursed through private sector facilities, repackaging of development funds, and in the form of loans instead of grants. What must be mobilized are public funds to ensure that developed countries are paying their climate debt and to eliminate climate profiteers, who are most likely also the culprits in the private sector,” Arances explained.

In addition, FDC “deplores the fact that the same powerful global interests and entities responsible for the economic domination and underdevelopment of the South, including the Philippines are the same forces mainly responsible for the climate crisis,” according to its president Ricardo Reyes.

Denise Fontanilla, Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (0906-4387229, aksyonklima.sec@gmail.com)
Khevin Yu, Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (0917-5213356, pmcj2012.sec@gmail.com)
Atty. Aaron Pedrosa, Freedom from Debt Coalition (0932-3643137, aaron_pedrosa@yahoo.com)

Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (AKP) is a national network of 40 civil society organizations working on climate and development issues at the international, national and local levels. The group was formed originally to strengthen the civil society voice in the Philippine delegation of the United Nations Framework for Climate Change, but has since also worked on other national climate policy issues.

The Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ) is a broad movement consisting of 103 national networks/alliances and local organizations representing basic sectors, grassroots communities, the marginalized and most vulnerable, and others in the Philippines that aims to lead the joint struggles, campaigns and actions in putting forward the climate justice framework as a fundamental element of solving the climate crisis.

The Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) – Philippines is a nationwide multi-sectoral, non-sectarian and pluralist coalition conducting policy advocacy work and campaigns to realize a common framework and agenda for economic development. It has grown over the years to more than 250 organizations and individual members in the National Capital Region and Luzon, and in seven chapters in Visayas and Mindanao.

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