Delivered by Chadli Sadorra of Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development on behalf of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice
Thank you Chair.
I am Chadli Sadorra from the Philippines and the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development, speaking on behalf of the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice.
DCJ departs from Bonn deeply disturbed by developed countries’ doubling-down on their obstruction these past ten days.
They are playing with peoples’ lives and livelihoods, and indeed our entire planet, as if it’s one more free trade deal to get done, and “stick it” to the Global South.
It was thirty years ago in Rio when some countries claimed that their lifestyles were “not up for negotiation”.
Yet even today, as they choke on smoke from raging wildfires, they still reject their historical responsibility as “unacceptable”.
North America’s 4% of the global population is responsible for almost one-quarter of all emissions since 1850. Let me repeat, 4% is responsible for about 24%.
This crucial IPCC data point is pivotal if the Global Stocktake is to truly assess “how we got here, and how we correct course”.
Such data must be discussed in the Technical Dialogue’s synthesis report to inform the GST’s political dialogue, and any Dubai decisions.
DCJ will not let the GST become a sham. Article 2.1c’s aim of “aligning all financial flows” is indeed important.
But imposing a hierarchy that prioritizes this task before prior commitments – whereby developed countries SHALL provide finance to developing countries – is dirty diplomacy diverting discussion from legal obligations.
Calling for new Renewable Energy targets without securing any new support for finance and technology is another trap we won’t fall for.
What we need for a big breakthrough in Dubai is for rich countries to “come clean” at COP28, to accept their responsibilities, to fully deliver on their obligations, and to help lead a rapid, just, and equitable phaseout of fossil fuels and building renewable energy systems that ensures everyone’s just transition.
DCJ and allies are escalating our efforts over the next few months; we’ll make sure you feel the heat before you get to Dubai, so that the rest of the world won’t roast.