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Finance in Common Joint CSO Statement

Posted as an op-ed article here: https://news.trust.org/item/20201109103303-glxq3

Full CSO statement uploaded here: https://forus-international.org/en/resources/193

 

The world faces the gravest global health crisis in a century, intertwined with the rising social and economic inequality, the sixth mass extinction of species and record-breaking ecological and climate disasters. Against this backdrop of global upheaval, we call on public development banks meeting this week for the Finance in Common Summit to become part of the solution towards building a just, equitable, inclusive and sustainable world. 

To do so, they must commit to devoting their considerable financial resources and influence to achieving a safe, healthy and prosperous future for all. That is why today more than 320 civil society organisations signed a joint letter urging the public development banks gathered at the summit to transform their financing models.

The COVID-19 pandemic is only the latest example of the multi-faceted crises our societies are confronted with and which could push 150 million more people into extreme poverty by 2021. It is time to address the root cause of such systemic crises, otherwise we risk dramatically increasing the plight faced by billions of people.

Women and girls, as well as those experiencing the cumulative impacts of various vulnerabilities, are affected the most and worst. Whatever the duration of this pandemic, the challenges the world is facing deserve global answers to meet the needs of local communities.

Public development banks should not repeat the mistakes of the past. They must seize the opportunity of the Finance in Common Summit to initiate a deep and rapid shift in the way they operate and place democracy, inclusiveness, equality, solidarity, and the common good at the core of their actions.

Public money should only be spent to promote the wellbeing of people and the planet. Not a single penny can go towards the violation of human rights, economic, social and cultural rights, or the rights of Indigenous Peoples, nor should it allow for the destruction of nature. 

It is time public banks take a collective stand to stop money going towards fossil fuels and other sectors that fuel the climate and biodiversity crisis. We believe that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, limiting global warming to 1.5°C by fully implementing the Paris Agreement and protecting nature should be the key drivers of action over the coming decade. 

Through a rights-based approach and strong mechanisms for meaningful participation of civil society at all stages, from the development of policies to the evaluation of their impacts, public development banks should enhance the respect of human rights and promote community-led development. 

Their direct and indirect operations should promote resilience-building and the development of essential and qualitative public services, support anti-corruption and anti-tax-avoidance efforts, and adhere to a “do-no-harm” principle so that their financing does not undermine climate and environmental objectives, increase the burden of debt, or expand inequalities.

To ensure accountability, the highest transparency standards, reporting guidelines, and risk and impact assessment methodologies must be applied by all public development banks and their intermediaries.

The current context is dire and highlights yet again the urgency of rethinking development finance. It requires thinking one step ahead; it's not only about how public money is being spent, it also means addressing the largely negative impacts that public-private partnerships have on communities.

These efforts must be supported by countries providing the right mandate, policies, measures and the necessary resources to public financial institutions.

The public development banks gathered at the summit should act immediately to transform their financing models, by adopting the commitments set out in our joint letter. Their public interest mandate must be clear, their governance transparent and accountable.

Civil society will continue to play its part to ensure that the response to the current global economic crisis brings economic, social and ecological transformation. If not now, when?

 

This oped was authored by by Iara Pietricovsky de Oliveira, president of the International Forum of NGO Platforms (FORUS),  Eléonore Morel, chief executive officer of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Tasneem Essop, executive director of the Climate Action Network.

CAN Arab World holds its General Assembly

By: Fatima Ahouli and Hala Kilani

Despite the challenges with having a virtual meeting, CAN Arab World pulled off a very successful General Assembly (GA) on 7 and 8 November. Members from Sudan, Lebanon and Yemen shared their challenges in dealing with multiple emergencies including impacts, the pandemic and political and economic upheaval. These particular members sounded the alarm on the issues they are facing, particularly with impacts and food insecurity.

Sudan witnessed the worst floods on record since 100 years and Lebanon the worst fire season on record, which cost this small country the loss of 7,000 ha of forest land. Yemen is still struggling with a raging war and its population is facing serious hunger threats in addition to the exasperating climate crisis causing droughts, extreme floods and water scarcity. 

Over 50 CANAW member organizations were able to join the virtual GA, including representatives from Ministries of Environment from Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan who participated in the opening session with updates from their respective countries on the efforts, accomplishment as well as challenges that the pandemic has imposed on the national efforts in fighting against climate change.

The opening session also saw the participation of CAN Executive Director Tasneem Essop who brought an international perspective to the room and what CAN International has been doing in bridging the national and regional efforts in a more member- and node-driven approach.

The two-day GA has brought into perspective the priorities that the node has lined up for its work, and also the achievements and developments that happened since the foundation of the node - it created a space for dialogue between civil society and government representatives. The node, which has grown stronger since its creation in 2015 and continuous support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, will be guided by the national efforts of its members to enhance its influence on the regional level.

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CAN Reaction to the US Elections

The Biden-Harris administration has won this victory on the back of a strong grassroots movement that has laid the groundwork for the fight for democracy, and transformative climate action. We salute and stand by our friends and allies in the United States who worked so hard to make this happen and together we will fight to keep political leaders accountable to the people.

The US must seize this moment to confront the full scale of the climate emergency. It must stop pouring billions into fossil fuels and must lead in the managed decline of fossil fuel production and ensure a Just Transition for workers. The re-entry of the U.S. into the Paris Agreement must be the basis for paradigm shift in its climate leadership as a major emitter, to step up its obligations on equitable and transformative climate action, both at home and internationally.

The Biden team must build international solidarity and set ambitious near-term and long-term national climate targets in line with principles of fair-share and equity that deliver on the 1.5C goal. This must include substantial finance for developing countries to make up for the shortfall in support to vulnerable countries.

US Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement

The formal withdrawal of the US today from the #ParisAgreement comes amidst a shifting tide of public support for urgent and far-reaching action to stop the climate crisis. Poll after poll show that the American people want climate-friendly policies.

As the US formally exits the #ParisAgreement, the world is moving forward. China, Japan and South Korea have recently committed to go net-zero by mid-century. Just as with the #COVID19 pandemic, no one country can stop the #climatecrisis alone. This is the moment for the strongest levels of multilateral cooperation.

Regardless of the current US administration's exit from the #ParisAgreement, it cannot undo the powerful movement for #climatejustice built by millions of people in the U.S. and across the world, empowered by a renewed sense of international solidarity for a safe and just future.

The fight for social justice and anti-racism, led by young people, Black people, Indigenous Peoples and people of colour, resonates globally and will continue to push the US government to deliver on transformative action & climate justice both domestically and abroad.

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Amazon fires: a climate disaster

The Amazon, the world’s largest carbon sink and most biodiverse region, is burning. The forest fires are now spreading into virgin forests, deforesting millions of hectares across the region, affecting people's health during a pandemic. Some of our colleagues in the region describe this climate disaster and what urgently needs to be done to recover from it.

 

Antonio Zambrano Allend, Coordinador, Nacional Movimiento Ciudadano frente al Cambio Climático MOCICC:

During this year, forest fires have increased by 120% throughout Peru, according to the National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR).

During the pandemic and the health emergency decreed in the country since March 15, illegal activities have not only not been stopped but have intensified, particularly illegal logging and activities to penetrate and expand the agricultural frontier in the Amazon, which is an additional consequence of the process of internal migration in Peru from Andean peasant communities to the Amazon basin.

This migration, in addition to having been historically promoted by the State, is a direct consequence of the droughts and intense soil erosion generated by climate change in the highlands.

In little more than a decade, Peru has lost more than 2 million hectares of forest in the Amazon basin and the rate of deforestation has reached new peaks in recent years without effective measures being prioritized by the State.

 

Karla Maass Wolfenson, Asesora LAC - Climate Action Network (CAN):

Es imperativo tomar la ventana de oportunidad del COVID19 para resetear los cimientos de nuestras sociedades hacia una en armonía con los límites planetarios y sobre la base del respecto a los derechos humanos y de la naturaleza.

Los incendios en el Amazonas, avalados por gobernantes indolentes y soberbios, están absolutamente fuera del marco del nuevo pacto socioecológico que se requiere para los desafíos que enfrentamos.

Gobernantes como Bolsonaro quedarán fuera del mapa.

Hemos visto que las empresas, la cooperación internacional, la ciudadania y los diversos actores no estatales apuestan por una reactivación transformadora y eso requiere que los 8 paises con territorio en el Amazonas no solo firmen el Acuerdo de Escazú y desarrollen Pactos, como Leticia, sino que sean operativos y diligentes para restaurar y remediar el ecosistema...por ti, por mi y por los que están por venir.

Juntxs por una reactivación Transformadora, es posible y urgente.

(It is imperative to take the COVID19 window of opportunity to reset the foundations of our societies towards one in harmony with planetary boundaries and human and nature rights.

The fires in the Amazon, endorsed by indolent and arrogant rulers, are absolutely outside the framework of the new socio-ecological pact required.

Rulers like Bolsonaro will be left off the map.

We have seen that companies, international cooperation, citizens, and non-state actors are betting on a transformative recovery and this requires that the 8 countries with Amazon territory not only sign the Ezcazu agreement and develop pacts, like the Leticia Pact, but be operative and diligent in restoring and remedying the ecosystem...for you, for me and for those to come.

It is possible and urgent.)

 

Tackling Climate Crisis in Uganda through Tree Planting

VOICES FROM THE FRONTLINES: Tackling Climate Crisis in Uganda through Tree Planting

31 July 2020

By: John Mary Odoy, CAN-Uganda Board Chair

Uganda’s NDCs National Adaptation Plan of Action (NAPA) emphasizes the need to plant trees  as one way of increasing forest coverage which was 21% of total land coverage in Uganda in 1960s, but came down to 14% by 2016. Unabated, the percentage continues to go down.

Ugandan’s Green Growth strategy which is an inclusive low emissions economic growth process that emphasizes effective and efficient use of natural resources, it focuses on green tourism, water resources management and sustainable use of forests and wetlands, as its key strategic interventions to address Climate Change.

In light of the above, several climate actors have embarked on undertaking actions in this regard. One of the activities of tree planting took place on 19th July, 2020, where  Climate Action Network-Uganda joined the  Kingdom of Buganda through  Busiro County, Undugu Youth Empowerment Group and the Franciscan Missionaries  in Uganda, Save the Planet and Nurturing Uganda,  launched the planting of 5,000 tree seedlings. The launch took place at St.Padre Pio Prayer Centre  - Akright in Wakiso District, about 22 km Kampala – Entebbe Highway with 6 symbolic trees planted.  The planting of the rest of the 5000 tree seedlings, which are of assorted tree species including fruit and indigenous  trees will be done in Busunju in Ssingo County in Central Uganda on a part of the 20 acre piece of land owned by the Franciscan Missionaries, which they have dedicated for tree planting.

In his remarks, John Mary Odoy, the Climate Ambition Ambassador thanked the Undugu Youth Empowerment Group for  donating the seedlings worth five million Uganda shillings, the Buganda Kingdom for the support and promotion of tree planting and re afforestation in Buganda Kingdom and beyond, Save the Planet team and  Nurturing Uganda for the continuous growing and supply of tree seedlings and the  Franciscan Missionaries for committing land to tree planting. John Mary said that the exercise done was in line with global efforts to address the climate crisis and it also corresponds with Uganda’s National framework of getting a greater part of Uganda’s land under tree cover again.  He also said that this is a great contribution to driving Uganda into achieving the 22% emission reduction and control the global temperatures to below 2% degrees delicious by 2030.

Sebwana, Eng.  Charles Kiberu Kisirinza, the Busiro County Chief,  who represented the Kingdom of Buganda reiterated the message by the Kabaka of Buganda that everyone should endeavour to protect and conserve the environment”  He also officially handed over the 5,000 seedlings   to the Franciscan Missionaries in his capacity as the Busiri County Chief (Sebwwana)

Ms Proscovier Vikman, the Chairperson Buganda Environment Board in the Buganda Kingdom and head of Lay Christians at the St Anthony Prayer Group said that the Church is willing to collaborate with any one, organization  or youth group that is addressing challenges of climate change and working towards environment protection and conservation, the church has land and is committed to mobilize members to commit part of their land for indigenous tree planting to restore natural forest cover. The trees planted will bear names as follows; Sebwana (planted by Eng. Charles Kiberu Kisirinza), CAN-Uganda  (planted by John Mary), Pope Francis (planted by Rev. Fr. Godwin Ogam), St. Anthony (planted by Ms Proscovier Vikman), TYE (planted by the Youth) and  St. Padre Pio (Denis Mpanga)

 

John Mary Odoy is the NDC/Ambition Champion-Uganda for the Climate Action Network-Uganda

Email: johnmary.ceon@gmail.com

Mobile phone: +256783457990

Lakes and Rivers in Uganda have gone crazy; Reclaim what belongs to them

VOICES FROM THE FRONTLINES: Lakes and Rivers in Uganda have gone crazy; Reclaim what belongs to them

24 June, 2020

By: John Mary Odoy, Climate Ambition Ambassador, CAN-Uganda

It is believed that nature only claims what belongs to it and that it severely reacts to an attack and it is also believed that water has a given path on the ground and whenever it rains, it will always take that path to its destination. This is what we are currently observing with the water bodies in Uganda.

Lake Victoria is refilling its parts where it had retreated from and it is regaining its territory. While many may feel and condemn the water, it should not be regarded as an attack. The water is merely going back home, it is reclaiming its space from the man-made shores. Property worth lots of money has been destroyed. Beaches, hotels, residences, landing sites, business houses, gardens/crops, etc have been submerged. Lives have been threatened with the possible outbreak of diseases. People have died.

Ugandas President (Left) and John Mary Odoy (Right) Climate Ambition Ambassador CAN-Uganda at Kitubulu where lake victoria crossed the highway to Entebbe International airport Uganda

Lake Kyoga in the Eastern part of Uganda which is fed partly by the Nile River is also overflowing. Shores on lake Kyoga are now flooding and persons who were living on the landing sites and other areas have been forced to vacate. In several districts along Lake Kyoga like Nakasongola, Kaeramaido, Serere floods have displaced thousands of people. Lake Albert, in Mid northwest of Uganda, has also had its water levels rise due to increased rainfall. The shores have flooded and the majority of the settlements along the lake shores have been closed with over hundreds of households displaced in Ntoroko District.

The rivers on the other hand have also “gone crazy”. The Nile is overflowing and affecting the economic and social setup of the persons living close to it along its route from Jinja city the source of the Nile to its boarders with South Sudan and beyond.

Homestead submerged along the Nile river in Pakwach  North west Uganda

River Nyamwamba in Kasese District southwest of Uganda and other rivers in the area have ravaged the area with fast running water from the mountains and hills. The water came down with much force in large volumes and heavily loaded with rocks, gravel, and all sorts of stuff. It destroyed and virtually erased Kilembe Hospital the largest hospital in the area. Several buildings are on the ground and others badly damaged. Roads have been destroyed and blocked with heavy stones and are impassable.  Over 100,000 people are now homeless.

 

Buildings of Kilembe Hospital erased by river Nyamwamba floods in Kasese South west Uganda in May 2020

Behind all this is the human factor. Water levels in the lakes have risen fast because of the human activities in and around the lakes and rivers especially environmental degradation including indiscriminate cutting down of forests, encroaching on wetlands/swamps, lakeshores and river banks.  Poor land-use practices have resulted in uncontrollable soil erosion leading to the siltation of the lakes and rivers. The water storage capacities of the lakes and rivers have been badly abused through sand mining and inappropriate farming activities and springing up of unplanned urban areas. Infrastructural developments including roads, roofed buildings, and pavements have created impermeable surfaces in mostly urbanizing areas reducing the ability of water to infiltrate into the soil.

There are lessons to be learned in these circumstances:

  1. Nature/earth is distressed and tired of being traumatized. We must be disciplined, respect nature, and not take creation for granted. It is time to conduct a critical and focused study on nature’s guidelines to be adapted and which must be followed in order for us to live in harmony with it.
  2. While undertaking developments of any nature, a proper and genuine impact assessment must be done by credible persons or groups avoiding a mix of personal motives/agendas and avoiding unprofessional interruptions, influences and work ethics.
  3. Uganda’s Climate ambitions/the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) should emphasize interventions/actions based on reality and future projections based on proper investigations, studies and science.

John Mary Odoy is the NDC/Ambition Champion-Uganda for the Climate Action Network-Uganda

Email: johnmary.ceon@gmail.com

Mobile phone: +256783457990

The MDBs and a Just, Paris-aligned Recovery

The MDBs and a Just, Paris-aligned Recovery - If you missed the Big Shift webinar catch up here!

A Paris-aligned and just recovery to Covid-19 by the Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs) is a vital part of the global response. On 28th May, members of  the Big Shift Global Coalition organised a webinar to discuss this further with 4 panellists: Bronwen Tucker, OCI; Dileimy Orozco, E3G; Augustine Njamnshi, ACSEA and Andrew Scott, ODI. The discussion was moderated by Vibeka Mair of Responsible Investor. 

Panellists presented views on: MDBs’ track records in energy financing;  recovery packages so far; what a Paris-aligned, just recovery should look like; why this should not include investment in oil and gas and specifically what this should look like in the case of Africa. 

The MDBs and COVID-19 response so far

MDBs and other public finance institutions (National Development Banks, Export Credit Agencies) have a crucial role in the recovery from COVID-19 given its global impact. In a blog the World Bank called for green stimulus and support for energy efficiency and renewable energy and the ADB in a blog  stated that ‘Recovery financing must go into green infrastructure.’ However, apart from the EIB no one has gone beyond talking about this and made it policy and President Malpass of the World Bank has even talked of structural adjustment as part of the response.

MDB financing is still currently in the initial response phase to COVID-19 but even within this current, important stage in spending there are opportunities to ensure resilience. For example, if energy efficiency is integrated then finance to build health facilities could lead to more resilience in the health system.

Dileimy Orozco summarised the role of the MDBs in the COVID-19 response and beyond: ‘The MDBs’ role is – as it has always been - to support countries in not losing sight of their long-term vision, and to build resilience in every aspect of their development’

Why should MDBs implement a just and Paris-aligned recovery?

The Big Shift Campaign holds the main MDBs to account in their commitment to the Paris Agreement and SDG7 on energy access for all. As a result of COVID-19, we already know millions of people have lost their job or suffered a reduction in income. And we know that lower-income, vulnerable and socially marginalised groups have been impacted most – the same people who are most at risk to the impacts of climate change.

We also know that measures implemented now may have long-term consequences for the climate and sustainable development. We need to avoid measures that would lock-in future greenhouse gas emissions or result in stranded assets. 

In her presentation, Bronwen Tucker showed how the main MDBs continue to invest in fossil fuels directly and indirectly through facilities that support fossil fuel projects, financial intermediaries and technical assistance. We saw how a number of banks including the World Bank, the EBRD, the ADB and the IsDB actually increased their investment in oil and gas between the periods of 2013-2015 and 2016-2018.

Yet, as well as the climate risk this poses, Andrew Scott pointed out, investment in oil and gas production also does not necessarily lead to faster economic growth than investment in other sectors, and arguably it leads to fewer jobs than investment in renewable energy. Price volatility remains a threat for higher-cost producers, and global demand is expected to level off and decline within a few years. And the imperative of rapid and steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to avert catastrophic climate change suggests we should seek to use recovery measures as way to accelerate reduced oil and gas production.

The case of Africa

Augustine Njamnshi presented the specific experience of Africa where he described how the experience of COVID-19 in Africa has ‘made the case for decentralized, participatory renewable energy plus the role of civil society more compelling’ He described how COVID-19 patients are dying due to a lack of energy in most health centres especially in rural communities and also how the drop in oil prices will negatively impact oil dependent economies of Africa hence exposing the volatile nature of the fossil fuel- based economies

Furthermore, COVID-19 has only compounded the effects of climate change which are ever increasing. This includes the reduction in food productions due to climatic conditions which have been aggravated by COVID-19. It is projected that locust invasions in east Africa will be three-fold in mid-2020 hence the situation is not getting any better

So what should a Just, Paris-Aligned Recovery by the MDBs look like?

The webinar touched on a broad range of proposals for a Paris-aligned, just recovery including:

  • MDBs can play a role as investors of first resort helping to build a pipeline of green projects.

  • MDBs will be key for shaping national economic policy and regulation and supporting pro-climate action reform efforts through technical assistance and policy-related lending. To do so they should help countries reframe their economic analysis and planning to drive the required systemic change both globally and domestically.

  • Green stimulus needs to be supported by structural change and MDBs can provide important support through technical assistance and also as thought leaders

  • A just recovery should include debt relief as advocated for by the G20 countries

  • There should be scope to fast track projects which can contribute to Paris Alignment.

  • We could also go further and ask recovery measures to be assessed whether they accelerate climate action.

  • MDBs should seek to use recovery measures as way to accelerate reduced oil and gas production.

  • By financing decentralised, participatory energy systems MDBs would guarantee not only security, but also could create jobs in the rural economies

  • Nearly all African countries have renewable energy as part of their NDCs, it is important to prioritize this.

  • MDBs must include effective participation in recovery decision-making. Sustainability of a project is guaranteed when the stakeholders understand their stakes in it

  • Transparency is key and MDBs should be transparent about their assessments of the climate implications of recovery measures.  

As Augustine concluded ‘COVID-19 has taught us a lesson. We can’t continue business as usual. It’s not profit that will help us, it is humanity.’  Members of the Big Shift Coalition will be continuing this conversation and continuing to advocate for Paris-alignment by the MDBs and their financing of a just sustainable recovery

For further information about the webinar – the slides can be found here and a recording of the event here

#BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter - Messages of Solidarity from across the CAN Network

By Tasneem Essop, CAN International Executive Director

We are bearing witness to unprecedented actions by the Trump-led government in the US. The deployment of the military on domestic soil is not only unconstitutional, but also a chilling signal that America is hurtling towards fascism. Trump has, in effect, declared war on his own citizens.

We have witnessed unbelievably violent responses by the police in many cities across the US in reaction to the justified and necessary protests against the horrific murder of George Floyd who was killed by a policeman in Minneapolis. Thousands have been arrested, spurring protests in cities across the world in an important demonstration of global solidarity.

All of this takes place within the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is impacting Black and brown communities disproportionately in the US, as it is everywhere else. It has laid bare the fault-lines of poverty and inequality in that country and the world.

The disproportionate burdens that Black and brown people, especially those living in poverty and suffering inequality across the world, face, is also fundamentally a feature of the climate crisis. Those bearing the worst impacts of climate change are not responsible for the cause of the climate crisis. The very systems that have contributed to the climate crisis has systemic racism built into its fabric. This is the climate injustice that we all need to fight against.

While we are struggling to deal with the COVID-19 crisis and while we are fighting racial injustice and autocratic rule in the US and elsewhere, many people are continuing to suffer  the destructive impacts of climate change. The violence of the loss of life, livelihoods, homes and safety is devastating. And yet again, it is mainly Black and brown bodies on the line. We have seen this in the Pacific with cyclone Harold and in Bangladesh and India with Cyclone Amphan. Mega-swarms of locust, heatwaves, floods and landslides are all threatening millions with hunger and conflict and exacerbating the social and economic insecurity caused by the pandemic.

As a network we stand for equity, justice and human rights and we have recognised the fundamental connection between social and climate justice. It is now incumbent on us to express our support for those fighting racial injustice in the US right now, but it is also important for us to reflect the fight against racial injustice and systemic racism in all the work we do on climate, including the way we work, our policy positions and ensuring that our decision-making structures and platforms are inclusive.

We stand in solidarity with all our colleagues and allies in the US during these tragic and turbulent times and call for justice for George Floyd, Ahmad Arbary, Nina Pop, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and all other Black and brown women and men who have been subjected to police violence and systemic racism in the US.

Typhoon Vongfong Displaces 150,000 during a Pandemic in the Philippines

"Already stretched having to deal with the devastating effects of Covid-19, the Philippines faced a double whammy when Typhoon Vongfong made landfall on May 15 forcing the mass evacuation of up to 150,000 into emergency shelters.

Having to deal with a humanitarian crisis during a pandemic requiring social distancing was described as complicated. According to Associated Press, rescuers and volunteers had wear face masks and protective suits while evacuation rooms which could previously shelter up to 40 families could only accommodate four families.

Typhoon Vongfong caused an estimated US$43 million in damage and killed five people. Categorised as the first named storm of 2020 season in the West Pacific, it is indicative of more typhoons to come over the year. Extreme weather events (EWE) are not going to take a pause just because a pandemic is raging.

If there is no shift from a carbon-intensive economy globally, EWEs will be a recurring theme in the region of Southeast Asia where four countries – including the Philippines – were listed among the 10 most affected countries according to the Long-Term Climate Risk Index (CRI) for the period 1999-2018. As these events also result in huge economic losses for the countries and region, it makes economic sense for the global community to address the overarching cause of climate change by increasing climate ambition."

- Nithi Nesadurai, Regional Coordinator, CAN Southeast Asia

 

“Typhoon Vongfong is a grim reminder of the harsh climate realities faced by our cities and communities already suffering from a devastating public health crisis and economic uncertainties. We will always face the perils of extreme weather and low-onset events unless we radically shift away from dirty, business-as-usual economic models that put profit over people's well-being and the environment. Climate and public health considerations should always be at the forefront as post-pandemic nations move forward to a new and better normal.”

- Rei Panaligan, President, Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology, Philippines

 

Photo: Philippine Army

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