UN climate talks open in China

The last round of UN climate talks before this year’s crucial climate summit in Mexico opens today in Tianjin, China.

It's the first time such talks have been hosted by China.

At the week-long meeting Friends of the Earth International is calling for:

  • A Global Climate Fund controlled by the UNFCCC.
  • Developed countries to stop stalling on deep emissions cuts.
  • A strong and just climate agreement.

It's vital that progress is made on two key areas - new public money for developing countries and rich countries agreeing tough new emissions cuts under the Kyoto Protocol.

Asad Rehman, Head of International Climate, Friends of the Earth

Climate finance

We're calling for the establishment of a global climate fund under the UNFCCC - with no role for the World Bank.

The World Bank is the top lender to environmentally and socially destructive projects around the world.

It would be unacceptable for the World Bank to control climate finance.

Please put pressure on decision-makers to do the right thing. 

Kyoto Protocol

Action by the US and others is stalling progress on reaffirming emissions cuts targets under the Kyoto Protocol.

We want rich countries to remain committed to their legally binding obligations under the Kyoto Protocol. Those obligations meant they agreed to cut emissions first and fastest.

New targets for industrialised countries of at least 40% reductions - without offsetting - is the minimum requirement to provide any chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change.

A summer of climate-related disasters - and the recent Institute of Physics release showing we're on track for a 4.2 degree rise in global temperatures - shows how vital international action really is.

Asad Rehman, Head of International Climate, Friends of the Earth 

 Hear more from Asad Rehman - and please put pressure on the negotiators.