Commonwealth leaders are expected to approve the climate map

Commonwealth leaders are expected to approve the climate map

Nairobi, Kenya (AP) – Commonwealth leaders are expected to call for increased climate action at a meeting in Rwanda this week ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Summit in the seaside resort of Sharm El Sheikh in A this year.

“Tackling climate change will require the most significant political, social and economic effort the world has ever seen,” said Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland, speaking on the sidelines of a meeting of Commonwealth leaders in the capital. Rwanda Kigali. .

Climate change remains a major concern for the bloc. Recent weather events and longer-term climate trends, including heat waves, extreme temperatures, droughts, cyclones, floods and rising sea levels, affect most of its Member States.

Britain’s Prince Charles, who is representing Queen Elizabeth II as the Commonwealth’s ritual leader, is also expected to defend the bloc’s global action on climate change. Commonwealth leaders are set to adopt the long-awaited “Charter of Living Earth” later this week, an action plan to tackle climate change, land degradation and biodiversity loss.

“The Living Lands Charter is a testament to our commitment. “It helps to consolidate our combined effort to maintain the global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit),” Scotland said.

According to the original note of the map, received by the Associated Press, the Commonwealth commitments will focus on five key issues: climate-resistant agriculture for food security, soil and water conservation, green cover and biodiversity, Climate-resistant livestock and climate. sustainable development for indigenous peoples. According to the “five to five” approach, it aims to achieve its climate goals through a mix of policy influence, funding, technical assistance, governance and knowledge exchange between nations.

The Commonwealth brings together 54 Member States representing a total population of 2.5 billion people, most of whom were former British colonies. He claims that if the map is approved and fully implemented, “it will protect and manage a quarter of the world’s land.”

The charter also calls for “greater consideration of the integration of indigenous peoples” into countries’ voluntary, nationally defined contributions to climate action.

About 32 of the 54 Commonwealth Member States are small states, with 25 of them being small islands and developing countries classified as vulnerable to climate change. The island states at the forefront of climate action have already called on the Commonwealth to step up measures for the oceans.

“The oceans and the climate are inextricably linked, and the health of our oceans dictates the lives of millions of people around the world,” said Jitoko Tikolevu, a Fiji diplomat. “Our answer is simple, we need action.”


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