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COP 19 will be remembered as the talks where poor countries and the NGO movement finally took a stand

Press statement, 22 November 2013

Chris Henderson, policy adviser at Practical Action who attended the talks said "COP 19 will be remembered as the talks where poor countries and the NGO movement finally took a stand and walked out early. Where people felt so desperate to make their point about the lack of progress that they needed to go on hunger strike led by the head of the Philippines delegation, Yeb Sano. Given the fact that we seem to be going backwards when it comes to getting an agreement by 2015 I would not be surprised if next year many poor countries and NGOs boycotted the talks altogether.

We have seen no new commitments to reduce emissions and no clear plan for financing resilience or adaptation.  The sum total of two weeks of long and torturous negotiations in Poland by over 200 countries is that yet again poor countries have been left at the mercy of more storms, floods, droughts and other climate change related disasters. The people who will yet again bear the brunt of this failure are the billions living in poverty in developing countries who have been left to their fate.

On the positive side Practical Action still believes that technology can help.  A good example is our clean cook stoves work in Sudan which has received a ‘Lighthouse Activity’ award from the UNFCC. In one of the poorest countries in the world replacing cooking over open fires with clean stoves has helped to save hundreds of tonnes of carbon, prevented deforestation and lifted thousands of people out of poverty. It is technologies like this which give us a glimmer of hope for the future".

For further information please contact Nick Milton on 07880 622059

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