Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development

A regional alliance of peoples’ movements, community organizations, coalitions, NGOs and networks


Ecological Debt, Environmental Justice & Climate Change

‘Fundamental change’ needed to prevent warming: Protester

Bangkok, April 5, 2011 -- More than 2,000 delegates from almost 180 countries are meeting today in Bangkok to press on with climate change talks.

It’s reported that Japan may review its target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent in light of the nuclear crisis. But non-government groups are calling for developed nations and countries such as China and India to show greater policy commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Activists demand developed countries to pay reparations for climate crisis*

BANGKOK, April 3 (Xinhua) — Climate activists from developing countries rallied outside UNESCAP building in Bangkok Sunday morning to ask rich industrialized countries to pay reparations for causing and exacerbating the global climate crisis.

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Actions and Activities at the UNFCCC COP16 in Cancun, Mexico

During the 16th Conference of Parties (COP16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNCFCCC) held in Cancun, Mexico from November 29 to December 10, 2010, various parallel actions and activities were undertaken by civil society groups to oppose any role of the World Bank in climate finance.

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Activists Oppose World Bank Involvement in Climate Finance

Brussels, 8th December 2010 – Activists gathered today outside the World Bank office in Brussels, and invited members of the public to hit a World Bank “Piñata” in the shape of a piggy bank, to oppose World Bank involvement in climate finance. The action, which took place during the second week of the UN climate change negotiations, demanded that all money to fight climate change should go through the United Nations, not the World Bank or any other multilateral development banks. The decision to establish a global climate fund under authority of the UN should be adopted at the climate negotiations currently taking place in Cancún.

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Social Movements from the South urge Governments in the UNFCCC negotiations not to give the World Bank a mandate in Climate Finance

CANCUN, 2 December 2010 — Civil society groups today expressed strong opposition to the efforts of Annex 1 governments to give the World Bank a central role in the global climate financial architecture.

Climate finance is one of the crucial issues being deliberated in the climate summit and Cancun is an area where some progress is expected to be achieved. Parties are aiming to reach agreements on the establishment of a global climate fund. The United States and member governments of the European Union have made clear their position that the World Bank be given a major role in the setting up and/or management of climate finance.

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