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Commenting on the progress of discussions at COP24, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice, said:
“Today and tomorrow ministers must step up. We need to deliver a Katowice high ambition package – something that shows the world we have a strong outcome from this round of talks. That package must call for improved 2030 targets, 2050 pathways to net zero emissions, recognize the science, and perhaps offer the chance for an overall assessment in 2020 on where we are and how far we have to go. I am sure with the current presidency’s hard work we will have this package.”
Commenting on the opening of the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue, Alfred Ralifo, policy lead from WWF-Pacific said:
“Today’s focus on the Talanoa dialogue is an opportunity to look at what’s promised and how much more needs to be done to increase climate commitments ahead of 2020. We need to keep the world on track and in line with what the science says is needed. This is the opportunity for Ministers to reiterate the need to keep laser focus on limiting warming to 1.5C, and ensuring the IPCC report on 1.5C is recognized this week at the talks.
Commenting on today's launch of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, Laila Petrie, Textiles Network Lead at WWF said:
“WWF welcomes today's commitment by these leading companies to reduce their carbon footprint and to begin a sector-wide programme of investing in the decarbonisation of their value-chains. The fashion industry currently contributes more than 2% of global GHG emissions, and this is predicted to increase significantly in coming years without intervention. The IPCC report has made clear that every industry must undergo deep changes if we are to limit warming to 1.5°C. This charter marks the first step to bring together brands, textile manufacturers, financial institutions and policymakers to ensure that the future of the fashion industry is one that moves towards net zero emissions by 2050. We hope that this will inspire and catalyse similar changes across multiple industry sectors."
Commenting on the 2018 Adaptation Gap Report, Sandeep Chamling Rai, WWF’s Senior Global Climate Adaptation Policy Advisor, said:
"Recent climate events have focused attention on the devastating impacts of global warming on human livelihoods and health. Floods, drought and wildfires are also already destroying ecosystems worldwide. Yet this report shows that finance to build climate resilience is nowhere near the level needed to combat these threats, and the gap is widening further.
"If we don't act now, everyone will suffer but the world's most vulnerable will be impacted most.
Commenting on the signing of a MOU WWF-China and the Institute of Climate Change and Sustainable Development of Tsinghua University, Sze Ping LO, CEO of WWF-China said:
“This move can help address global environmental challenges and demonstrate China's experience. In the long run, it can also give full play to the advantages of academic institutions and international organizations in the field of policy advice, and talents, which will help China play a leading role in the global climate governance.”
In response to today’s announcement by France, in response to the fuel protests, that the country will freeze tax increases for six months, Pierre Cannet, Head of climate and energy, WWF-France, said from the UN climate talks in Katowice:
"There’s no viable solution to reducing emissions on the scale needed in France without a price on carbon pollution as well as complementary policies, but a process that is not developed in an inclusive manner is destined to fail. Today's announcement that the French government is freezing carbon tax shows they put the cart before the horse by not addressing the social measures necessary for a just transition."
"Achieving decarbonization at the speed called for by science requires political will, and equity needs to remain at the core of the discussion."
Commenting on the joint announcement by the Multilateral Development Banks on aligning their financial flows with the goals of the Paris Agreement, WWF issued the following statement from Margaret Kuhlow, Leader of WWF's Finance Practice:
“The largest financiers of global development are aligning their activities with the highest goals of the Paris Agreement. Financial flows have a central role to play in securing a decarbonized economy. The world’s best scientists have made clear that climate impacts are coming faster and sooner than we thought, but financing has not caught up with the science. This is the type of signal that could catalyze further investments to help countries transition their economies and adapt to worsening climate impacts.”
Commenting on the World Bank Group’s announcement of its commitment to provide $200 billion over five years for climate action, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s Global Climate and Energy Practice, said:
“Scaled up finance must be one of the key outcomes in Poland. This commitment from the World Bank Group sends a strong signal to developing countries that finance levels are moving in the right direction. We look forward to seeing how it will be implemented.
"It is also crucial to start to discuss and show commitment to the post $100 billion target necessary to create a decarbonized and resilient economy and help vulnerable and developing countries face their more urgent climate needs."
Commenting on the G20 Summit, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, leader of WWF’s global climate and energy practice, said:
“G20 was always going to be an important indicator of political will going into the next round of UN climate talks. That leaders of 19 of the world's largest economies signed up to the Paris Agreement reaffirmed their commitment to its full implementation in the resulting communique is important. It is also a reflection of the Argentinian government rightly making climate an important topic on the agenda. “WWF strongly welcomes the UN, France and China statement expressing France and China's highest political commitment to implementing the Paris Agreement and recognizing the critical need to link climate efforts to biodiversity.
New ambition for climate targets from Canada a welcome signal
Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna signalled Canada will set more ambitious goals to tackle climate change.
Mary MacDonald, senior vice president and chief conservation officer for WWF-Canada, is at the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) climate-change meetings in Poland:
“This fall we learned how badly the world is failing to meet goals to limit climate change to 1.5 degrees Celsius warming. Missing that target will be devastating, not just to wildlife, but to vulnerable communities as well. We are already witnessing the impacts of rapid climate change in Canada – from melting sea ice in the Arctic, to catastrophic floods on the Saint John River, to devastating forest fires. Already every one of the 167 freshwater sub-watersheds in this country has been affected by climate change.
“With these changes and challenges in mind, we are pleased to see Canada has signalled its intent to increase its ambition to tackle climate change. Canada is the first G7 country to do so.
In response to the release of NOAA’s 2018 Arctic Report Card, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from Margaret Williams, managing director for US Arctic programs:
“This is yet another stark reminder of climate change’s indelible mark on our world. Warming temperatures are thawing permafrost and shrinking Arctic sea ice. These changes rob wildlife species of their habitat, and raise sea levels around the world, affecting communities from Nome to New Orleans.
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