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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.

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published in The New Nation.

Bangladeshi and international civil society networks at aseminar in Durban have demanded a new United Nation protocol for climate induced migrants.

Twelve civil society networks-six each from Bangladesh and international organised the UNFCCC CoP 17 side event.