The Tide Online
A UNDP Human Development Report says climate change is likely to cause large-scale human and economic setbacks and irreversible ecological catastrophes.
The report, entitled: “Fighting Climate Change: Human Solidarity in a Divided World” provides an account of the threat posed by global warming.
A copy, made available to The Tide at the UN, urged world leaders to focus on the development impact of climate change on poverty reduction, health and education.
“Ultimately, climate change is a threat to humanity as a whole.
“But, it is the poor, a constituency with no responsibility for the ecological debt, who face the immediate and most severe human costs,” UNDP’s Administrator, Kemal Dervis said.
It also warned: “Unless the international community agrees to cut carbon emissions by half over the next generation, floods, droughts and other disasters will rob millions of children of decent meals and schools”.
It called on rich nations to provide 86 billion dollars by 2015 to help the poor countries adapt to global warming, while calling for “an urgent collective action against the impacts of climate change”.
The UNDP document also recommended for a “Climate Change Mitigation Facility (CCMF) to raise 25 to 50 billion dollars annually to support low carbon transitions in developing countries.
The report was issued just a week before world leaders convene in Bali, Indonesia, to negotiate a new climate treaty, as a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
On mitigation, the report authors urged developed countries to demonstrate leadership by cutting greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 per cent of 1990 levels by 2050.
They advocated a mix of carbon taxation, more stringent cap-and-trade programmes, energy regulation and international cooperation on financing for low-carbon technology transfer.
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