Protect Those Most at Risk

Representatives of faith-based development networks participating in a U.N. climate change conference in Doha, the capital of Qatar, urged governments to put aside national interests and protect the common good and especially people around the world who are most vulnerable to climate change. Emilie Johann of the international alliance of Catholic development agencies, Cidse, said the arrival of government ministers on Dec. 4 should add some political leadership to the negotiations. “So far, we have neither seen commitments to deeper emission cuts, nor money on the table to support communities which are most affected by increasingly extreme weather,” she said. Government officials should solidify agreements based on the outcomes of last year’s climate summit in Durban, South Africa. This year’s round of global climate talks, organized by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, is part of preparations for a new global climate deal by 2015.

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