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Keeping climate change at bay is a matter of survival, Ethiopia asserts

“We are all gathered here to fight the good fight of which without we cannot survive, and that is not an option for us,” said Dr. Gemedo Dalle, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, speaking at the opening of the High-level meeting of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) that was held on the side lines of the COP22 meeting in Marrakech, Morocco.

Ethiopia took the presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum in August this year becoming the first African country to assume the position. The Minister stated during the Forum that was held on Friday, November 18, 2016, that the effects of climate change have been significant with poor countries being affected on a large scale and members of the CVF need to make sure that their questions are heard when decisions are being made.

“During our chairmanship we will strengthen measures to ensure the full implementation of the Paris Agreement,” Dr. Gemedo said backing up the full commitment of the Ethiopian leadership in the Forum.

The Climate VulnerableForum agreed that climate action does not limit development – it strengthens it and all Forum members committed to take action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

Ministers and heads of delegations of the CVF adopted the Marrakech Communique and the Marrakech Vision. The Communique called for greater ambition emphasizing that any country with an NDC not yet compliant with its fair share consistent with the Paris Agreement’s long-term goal must update contributions by 2020 at the latest.

It also called on honouring commitments, investing in climate finance and the need to transform the market place.

The Vision adopted recognizes the steps the Forum will undertake to keep the dangers of climate change to an absolute minimum and extend this to maximize the advantage taken of the benefits of climate action, including striving to achieve 100 percent renewable energy at the latest between 2030 and 2050.

“We are pioneeringthe transformation towards 100% renewable energy,but we want other countries to follow in our footsteps inorder to evade catastrophic impacts we are experiencing through hurricanes, flooding and droughts,” stated Mattlan Zackhras, Minister in Assistance to the President of the Marshall Islands. He further added that this is a turning point in climate leadership and transformation that is bound to secure a safer future for vulnerable communities.

The Marrakech Vision that has been adopted also aims to strengthen participatory local risk governance and encourage members to actively engage with the G7 initiative on climate risk insurance that aims to increase access to direct or indirect insurance coverage against the impact of climate change for up to 400 million people by 2020.