IBON INTERNATIONAL UPDATE NO. 7: Page 2 of 2
Posted on 10 December 2014
finally asking to the developed countries to take their differentiated responsibility and accomplish their commitments.’ At the High Level Dialogue on Climate Finance, Bolivia lashed at the developed countries for violating Article 4 of the Convention (on establishing the obligation of developed countries toward developing countries in providing finance), and said that ‘developed countries generated their wealth at the expense of developing countries, and as such there is a need to democratize wealth and (for developed countries) to compensate for their irresponsible behavior.’
Today was also Gender Day, and many activities were held to refocus the discourse around gender equality, human rights and climate justice with the aim of amplifying the message that ‘women want system change, not climate change’, and that ‘there is no gender equality on a dead planet.
Some civil society initiatives somehow present the overly optimistic prognosis that the climate problems can be solved by the world’s leaders in Paris next year. However, the stronger and clearer message from civil society at this climate meeting, stresses that a successful outcome in Lima would mean going to the roots of the climate problem – which means developed countries acknowledging responsibility for this, making binding commitments toward deep and drastic emissions cut, and compensating for centuries of colonialism and resource plunder, and continuing this legacy with unequal trade agreements, foreign investment promotion especially on extractives and dirty energy, in collusion with corporations and governments from developing countries. ###