Delay in funds for adaptation imperils developing countries

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BANGKOK,03 September 2012 – Climate justice activists trooped to the venue of climate talks here Monday, condemning the rich, industrialized countries, especially the United States and European countries, for delaying the establishment and implementation of the much-needed adaptation fund for climate vulnerable countries or CVCs.Led by Jubilee South- Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development(JS-APMDD), the protest action at the

United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC)of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) was participated in by around 50 activists from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, China, South Africa, Kenya, Chile, Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.Lidy Nacpil, JS-APMDD coordinator, said that the recognition of climate debt and right to reparations is central to their perspective on climate finance, which is not aid or assistance but part of reparations that is long overdue. She explained that climate debt is “owed by those who are responsible for excessive greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, those who have been using more than their fair share of atmospheric space for over a century, those who cause environment l destruction that lead to the diminishing of the earth’s capacity to absorb greenhouse gases, and those who generated and continue to perpetuate the climate crisis by refusal to take action.”

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