The minister of Environment, Climate Change and Natural Resources has outlined mechanics of The Gambia joining the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), saying that the forum was very instrumental in pushing for a global temperature to go below 2 degree Celsius.
Pa Ousman Jarju, who was speaking with the Daily Observer at COP22 in Marrakech, after attending the forum, disclosed that it was formed in the 2009, spearheaded by Maldives to bring together countries that were very vulnerable to climate change to stress on the need for support and the need for developed countries to reduce their emissions.
“The Gambia as a vulnerable country, we thought it wise to also join, because the forum was very instrumental in pushing for the 1.5 degree in the Paris Agreement. So now we sent a request to join and it is accepted,” he said.
The CVF was formed on the grounds of giving vulnerable countries to climate change a stinging voice by calling for climate and social justice. The initiative, after being launched over the few years outlined measures to addressing underlying causes of disaster risk and climate vulnerability.
“So it is good that we also join this forum to see how we can strengthen the voice of the most vulnerable to climate change,” Minister Jarju said.
He made it clear that it’s not a group in the negotiation system, but that it brings countries that have common desire and objectives in terms of vulnerabilities. “So all of us have a common objective and the desire is to speak in one voice despite the fact we are from different groups in the negotiation.”
He cited finance and emission reduction as key priorities for the forum. He noted that it won’t be easy considering the fact that Africa alone would need up to US$ 30 billion yearly for adaptation alone, which, he said, implies that the developing countries would keep calling on the developed countries to increase money for adaptation.
Speaking at the opening event, Patricia Espinoza, the executive director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said that the world must achieve ambition that limit global average temperature rise to as close to 1.5 degree Celsius as possible.
Recognition of the one point five 1.5 degree Celsius target, she said, is considered one of the highlights of the Paris Agreement, while thanking the Climate Vulnerable Forum for playing a key role in achieving that recognition.
“The Climate Vulnerable Forum that was adopted in COP21 was a landmark and progressive declaration,” she said. She added that the UNFCCC welcomes the CVF document and would have their full support.
“This is a moment in which political will that contributes to the success of the Paris is needed now more than ever.”
by BekaiNjie in Marrakech, Morocco