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COP 25 Week One Lacked Ambition!

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Madrid, Spain; December 08, 2019 – COP 25 risks undermining its headline claim of ambition.  A few very influential parties have stymied efforts in week one to respond to the climate emergency through procedural blockages, quibbles over text and threats of breaking consensus simply to preserve regressive positions. AOSIS is concerned that if this persists […]

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AOSIS and Island Youth Unite at COP25

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AOSIS & Youth Leaders Unite at COP25 in a Common Fight for Survival Let’s make the 2020s “Our Decade of Ambition Campaign” Card Video of the AOSIS Island Youth Press Conference here. Madrid, Spain; December 06, 2019 – The Alliance of Small Island States and youth climate strike leaders from across the Caribbean and Pacific […]

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Opening Remarks at COP 25

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AOSIS Statement at the opening plenary meeting of COP, CMP, CMA, SBSTA and SBI 2 December 2019 (10:00am-1:00pm) Madrid, Spain Speaker: Ambassador Lois Young Permanent Representative of Belize to the United Nations in New York and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island Developing States Madam President, Distinguished Chairs, Excellencies and Colleagues, I have the […]

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COP 25 MUST trigger “Our Decade of Ambition!”

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Our Last Opportunity! COP 25 MUST trigger “Our Decade of Ambition!” Madrid, Spain; November 30, 2019 – On the eve of COP 25, the United Nations Environmental Programme Emissions Gap Report confirms an ecocidal degree of global inaction and dithering. Current unconditional national commitments under the Paris Agreement puts us on course to a world that […]

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SAMOA Pathway Outreach Luncheon (Remarks)

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Heads of State and Government, Ministers and representatives of Member States gathered at a high-level meeting at the United Nations Headquarters on 27 September 2019 to undertake a five‑year review of the landmark Small Island Developing States Accelerated Modalities of Action Pathway (SAMOA Pathway). The leaders assessed the progress made in addressing the vulnerabilities of […]

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GCF Replenishment: A marker of commitment to SIDS

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GCF Replenishment: A marker of global commitment to SIDS Comprehensive climate action depends on substantial monetary resources. For developing states, which are least responsible but most vulnerable to current and projected climate impacts, the Green Climate Fund  (GCF) is critical for us to meet our obligations under the Paris Agreement. The multilateral climate fund is […]

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#COP25 prep underway in the Caribbean

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The Caribbean Community, a subset of our 44 members, concluded its high-level pre-COP preparations today. The regional block is calling for a focus on robust and extensive scientific findings on climate change. The block’s complete statement is below. The Caribbean Community held its annual preparatory meeting ahead of this year’s Climate Change Conference that will […]

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GCF Replenishment is critical for SIDS

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Climate action, and the Paris Agreement itself, depend on substantial climate financing. The GCF is the largest provider of technical and institutional support and training. It’s critical in helping developing countries implement their obligations under the Paris Agreement. In its brief existence, the fund has  mobilized US$5 billion for climate action  in nearly 100 countries, […]