Durban: GRET and French NGOs and Unions United for Social and Environmental Justice
On December 3, French environmental organizations, development and relief organizations and employee trade union organizations took part in a large demonstration attended by several thousand civil society representatives in Durban, South Africa, for the UN Climate Change Conference. A real success for mobilized civil society.
Our organizations came together to speak with a single voice and denounce injustices such as the environmental and social risks linked to climate change. Will this 17th Conference of the Parties, held on African land with strong symbolism, be able to advance the cause of climate justice?
The negotiations began ten days ago, the ministers are now starting the political negotiations, and our organizations are sounding the alarm on the gap between political speeches and the very inadequate reality of actions taken by States. Let us recall that the emission reduction targets currently on the table will lead to global warming of between 4°C and 6°C.
The Durban Summit cannot limit itself to confirming the happy salvation of the UN process, the only real policy accomplishment at the Cancun Summit in 2010. It must inspire ambition in the climate talks and offer a new horizon for populations victim of climate upsets in both developed and developing countries alike.