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Byanyima Leads NGOs Walkout At Climate Change Conference

Representatives of the global Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) walked out of the UN Climate Change conference in Warsaw, Poland to protest reluctance by the developed countries to make commitments towards achieving a global climate treaty.

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Representatives of the global Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) walked out of the UN Climate Change conference in Warsaw, Poland to protest reluctance by the developed countries to make commitments towards achieving a global climate treaty.

 

Hundreds of representatives from various NGOs stormed out of the negotiating rooms on Thursday afternoon in what appeared to be a carefully organised protest. Donning white T-shirts with words “Polluters Talk, We walk”, the protesters marched quietly towards the conference exist as UN security ensured they moved out without any commotion.

 

The protesters included representatives of Oxfam, Greenpeace International, World Wildlife Fund International, the International Trade Union Confederation, Action Aid International, and Friends of the Earth Europe among others.

 

The organisations said they would instead focus on mobilising people to push our governments to take leadership for serious climate action.

 

Winnie Byanyima, the Oxfam International Executive Director, told Uganda Radio Network that there was almost no progress on the key issues that they thought the Warsaw Conference would deliver on the roadmap to the 2015 conference in Paris France.

 

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The groups said they were only ready to engage with ministers and delegations who actually come to negotiate in good faith, adding that at the Warsaw Conference, rich country governments have come with nothing to offer.

 

Byanyima said many developing country governments are also struggling and failing to stand up for the needs and rights of their people.

 

She said if the countries continue acting in this way, the next two days of negotiations will not deliver the climate change action the world so desperately needs.

 

She said the NGOs had expected to see pronouncements by rich governments to provide money for adaptation, and emission reduction targets but neither was coming out of the talks with just two days to the end of the conference.

 

Hajeet Singh, the International Coordinator – Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Adaptation at Action Aid International, said the talks were moving without a clear pathway.

 

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Mithika Mwenda, the General Secretary of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), said the negotiating text on almost all issues at proposed UN climate deal in 2015 is weak and that Warsaw has taken a backward step and does not give a clear pathway to a comprehensive and fair agreement expected in Paris 2015.

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