NEWS of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean and the US were hard to ignore. They were on every TV screen and in all of my news-feeds.
Hurricane Irma this September was one of the most powerful storms in recorded history in the Atlantic. Immediately before that was Hurricane Harvey. The devastating impacts of these hurricanes hit me deeply, as I watched the scenes of entire communities being uprooted, as I heard from my brother and other relatives in Texas and Florida that they have lost their homes.
SONGDO, SOUTH KOREA – Just before the meeting started, our CSO colleagues had an action outside of the G-Tower (BM venue) calling for the rejection of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi (MUFJ)’s applications to the GCF. Both have a track record of funding coal projects, hence we want them out of the GCF. The Board is scheduled to decide on this matter tomorrow, so we encourage everyone who are not in Songdo to tweet away and use #GCFund (apparently BMs are twitter savvy and are quite sensitive to what we say about them, especially when it comes to their looks.
We, organizations and movements from Asia, view with grave concern the applications submitted by the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. (BTMU) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to be Accredited Entities of the Green Climate Fund.
BTMU and JICA are among the most actively and heavily involved financial institutions in the financing of fossil fuels, particularly coal. They have left a trail of dirty energy funding too long and too wide to include here, but which stretches across several Asian countries. (Please see attached Factsheet.)
(November 18, Marrakech) – As U.N. climate change negotiations concluded several hours over time after countries grappled with how to work out the rule book for the Paris Agreement, climate justice advocates issued the following reactions.
"At the end of these two weeks we just want to express our extreme disappointment that no clear and concrete increases in climate finance pledges have been put forward by developed country governments," said Lidy Nacpil of the Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development.
We the undersigned organisations, networks, and movements gathered in Marrakech at COP22 issue the following collective statement in support of communities and movements around the world in response to Donald Trump becoming President-Elect of the United States of America and its potentially devastating implications for the cause of climate justice.