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MANILA, 4 November 2015 – An alliance of people’s movements across Asia co-published today an independent civil society review of national climate pledges, ahead of the November 8-10 informal dialogue of climate negotiators in Paris.

The full review, entitled "Fair Shares: A CSO Equity Review of INDCs", was released online today. It compares the initial climate action pledges, called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), of countries to their actual fair share of climate action.

The review shows that the INDC commitments will likely lead the world to a devastating 3°C or more warming above pre-industrial levels. The current INDCs amount to barely half of the emissions cuts required by 2030.

Moreover, the INDCs submitted by all major developed countries such as the United States, European Union, Japan and Russia fall well short of their fair shares in terms of both emissions cuts and finance.

On the other hand, the majority of developing countries’ mitigation pledges, including China and India, exceed or broadly meet their fair share. It also shows they still have mitigation potential beyond their fair share.

“The INDCs of developed countries are condemning us to even much greater devastation than what we are already experiencing now. On the other hand, the review results do not mean a free pass for developing countries. Developing country governments must deliver on their fair shares, and be firm on their demands for finance from developed countries so that they can undertake more mitigation actions to save our peoples and communities from climate catastrophe. All governments must ensure a just transition; workers and communities must not be displaced in the process,” said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development, from Manila.

“It also comes at a poignant time for us Filipinos as we prepare to commemorate the second anniversary of Haiyan’s landfall on Sunday. The destruction the super typhoon wrought on our country is but one reminder that we cannot wait a decade or more for countries to improve on their climate pledges,” she added.

The equity review was initiated by a broad group of social movements, networks, and other civil society organizations in the international, regional, and national levels.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

The Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (formerly Jubilee South–Asia Pacific Movement on Debt and Development) is a regional alliance of peoples' movements and organizations, coalitions, and NGOs. APMDD co-initiated the Fair Shares equity review of INDCs.

For the full report and for more details on the Fair Shares review, go to www.civilsocietyreview.org.

CONTACT: Denise Fontanilla, , +639178514890

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Asian alliance calls on UN climate fund to shun HSBC, Crédit Agricole

Both banks fund dirty energy, say civil society groups

LIVINGSTONE, Zambia, 2 November 2015 – As the last Green Climate Fund board meeting before the Paris climate conference begins here today, an Asian alliance of social movements joined over a hundred civil society groups worldwide in calling for the main UN climate fund to reject the partnership bids of two European banking giants – the British HSBC and French Crédit Agricole.

“If the Green Climate Fund is serious about helping developing countries cope with climate change, it must not partner with these dirty energy financiers,” said Lidy Nacpil, coordinator of the Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development.

“It already tarnished its reputation by accrediting the World Bank and Deutsche Bank as its intermediaries in the July board meeting – that board must not let what remains of that reputation go up in smoke now, less than a month before Paris,” she added.

APMDD and other groups released a statement today which detailed the two banks’ well-documented involvement in recent money laundering and other scandals, their large exposure to coal and other polluting industries, and their anti-people and anti-environment policies.

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By Megan Darby via Climate Home

Developed world should deepen emissions cuts five times or more by 2030, say civil society groups, plus support poor countries

The US and EU should make five times the greenhouse gas emissions cuts by 2030 promised in their national submissions to a UN deal.

Japan is doing a tenth of its fair share, while Russia is making zero contribution to the global effort to limit temperature rise to 2C.

That is the conclusion of a report backed by 18 civil society groups including Oxfam, WWF and Action Aid.

:Across the board, rich countries are failing to bring the two most important ingredients to the negotiating table – emission cuts and money," said Brandon Wu, a climate finance expert at ActionAid.

:If they truly want to solve the climate crisis, wealthy nations must provide finance to support clean development in poor countries and to help communities adapt to dangerous climate impacts.

:Without it, any agreement in Paris will be asking the poor to put out a burning building with a glass of water."

Recent analysis from the OECD suggests climate finance aid for developing countries is on the rise – hitting $60 billion in 2014 – but significantly short of an annual target of $100 billion by 2020.

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Lines represent national pledges and bars show "fair shares" under different assumptions (Source: Civil Society Review)

To date, 150 countries have pledged "intended nationally determined contributions" to a deal set to be finalised in Paris this December.

Covering 90% of global emissions, these plans are based on what governments consider technically and politically feasible.

While they show an unprecedented level of engagement, collectively the pledges do not deliver sufficient emissions cuts to hold warming to 2C.

Nor do the voluntary contributions represent an equitable division of effort, according to the civil society report, based on historic responsibility and national spending power.

China, India, Indonesia, Kenya and the Marshall Islands are meeting or exceeding their "fair share", it found.

Tim Gore, Oxfam's head of climate policy, said: "Some of these countries have made promises that could genuinely transform how their future economies will operate. This could transform the UN negotiations as a result."

Rich countries, meanwhile, are "locked into incremental target cuts," said Gore, calling for Paris to deliver "transformational, not piecemeal" progress.

Lidy Nacpil, Filipina activist and coordinator of the Asian Peoples' Movement on Debt and Development, said rich and poor countries needed to cooperate.

Launching the report in Bonn, where negotiators are into their last week of talks before Paris, she said: "While it is very clear the onus is on developed countries... it is not a free pass for developing country governments.

:They must ensure that they deliver on their targets for a fair share. They must also raise their conditional targets to reflect what they are ready to do if and when finance is delivered from developed countries."

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Manila floods – victims of climate change impacts bear little responsibility for causing the problem (Flickr/SuSanA Secretariat)

Sources: climatechangenews.com and civilsocietyreview.org

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ActionAid, Asian People’s Movement on Debt and Development and LDC Watch

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Civil society groups hit US, co-chairs for delaying climate talks

Call draft Paris agreement “US text”

BONN, Germany, 19 October 2015 – Southern civil society leaders criticized the United States and other developed countries for delaying the climate talks as the last five days of negotiations before the Paris conference begin today.

The co-chairs who were mandated to draft the negotiating text for the Paris deal, have wasted time and money, they said today in a press conference, for excluding the submissions of developing country governments back in Geneva.

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#ReclaimPower: Ahead of WB IMF meeting in Lima

MANILA, 9 October 2015 – Hawker unions, women’s groups, religious congregations, and climate justice networks in several Asian countries are holding 300 actions today and tomorrow (October 9 and 10) against fossil fuels and other dirty energy.

The mobilizations of Asian Peoples’ Movement on Debt and Development (APMDD) member groups in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines are part of the third worldwide Reclaim Power initiative.