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ECOLOGICAL DEBT, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & CLIMATE CHANGE

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Dec 1 action 2JSAPMDD sent a delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties 17 (COP17) in Durban, South Africa from November 26 – December 10, 2011.

The JSAPMDD delegation included Lidy Nacpil, JSAPMDD Regional Coordinator; Willy D'Costa, Chairperson of JSAPMDD and INSAF (India); Saeed Baloch, Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (Pakistan); Dayamani Barla, Adivasi Mulvasi Astitva Raksha Manch (India); Mohammad Arifur Rahman, SUPRO (Bangladesh); Sri Ranti Zachrani, WALHI/Friends of the Earth (Indonesia); Diana Ross, KRUHA (Indonesia); Ian Rivera, Freedom from Debt Coalition (Philippines); Job Bordamonte, Freedom from Debt Coalition (Philippines); Chona Leah Ramos and Maria Lourdes Tabios Nuera, from the JSAPMDD Secretariat.

Other JSAPMDD members who took part in the alliance's various activities were Hemantha Withanage of FOE – Asia/Pacific and Center for Environmental Justice (Sri Lanka); Reza Chowdhury, EquityBd (Bangladesh), Ahmed Swapan, Voice (Bangladesh); Imelda Rambitan, IESR (Indonesia); and Erwin Quinones of the Philippine Movement for Climate Justice and Friends of the Earth (Philippines).

The delegation participated in several "inside and outside" actions planned and carried out by JSAPMDD together with groups such as the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), Friends of the Earth-International (FOEI), Third World Network (TWN), World Development Movement (WDM), Institute for Policy Studies (IPS-SEEN), Comite per Riforma della Banca Mondial (CRBM), and other members of the WB Out of Climate Finance campaign.

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The Jubilee South Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development (JSAPMDD) appeals to the international community for support to the victims of Typhoon Sendong that hit the southern part of the Philippines last December 16, 2011.

Just a week before the Christmas holidays, villages were swept away by flash floods and landslides as Typhoon Sendong struck provinces in Northern Mindanao and unleashed more than a month's worth of rainfall in 12 hours.

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Since Copenhagen we have witnessed the escalation of efforts by developed countries, led by the United States, to undermine and overturn Climate Convention principles and legally binding agreements. Governments of Canada, Japan and Russia have even explicitly stated they have no intention of fulfilling their obligations under the Kyoto Protocol.

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We are movements and organizations engaged in many struggles for a new world – a world in which the needs, interests, rights and aspirations of peoples everywhere have priority over the profit of corporations and the excess of elites.

We call on governments meeting at this year’s UN Climate Conference in Durban to end years of delay and meet your moral, historical and legal obligations!

Climate change is already having devastating impacts globally and is accelerating. The window for preventing the breach of tipping points and stopping climate catastrophe is rapidly closing. Climate change is more than multiplying the sufferings of people already burdened by the global injustices of hunger, dispossession and violation of human rights. It is a crisis that also threatens to wipe out vast populations and profoundly change life on Earth.

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The GREEN CLIMATE FUND should serve the needs of the peoples of developing countries. But Parties of developed countries are doing their utmost to ensure that the Fund operate based solely on their terms.

“Paying the Polluters” is one of the principles that they want the Green Climate Fund to be based on. Their efforts to ensure that the private sector be able to access funds directly from the GCF succeeded with the Transitional Committee’s proposed design that includes a private sector facility. Attempts from developing countries during the TC process and now in the COP17 process to ensure that the role of the private sector is subject to country-defined policies and priorities are being met with intense opposition.