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Civil society groups seek firm response to climate change

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Nigerian  civil society groups under the aegis of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance, PACJA, has underlined the urgency and importance of environmental sustainability insisting that the post 2015 framework must firmly entrench responses to climate change.

The group has therefore called on  negotiators to break the jinx and bolster levels of ambition in the second phase of the Kyoto Protocol.

Frontline environmentalist, Prof. David Okali said without rigorous enforcement, the greenhouse gas GHG emission will rise and intensify climate change with dire consequences for developing countries like Nigeria.

He stated that every effort must be made to achieve a global agreement to reduce GHG emission into the atmosphere. Quoting the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, IMF, Christine Legarde,  he said “Unless we respond (effectively) to Climate Change, future generations will be roasted, toasted, fried and grilled!”

The year 2015 will be critical for the planet and for future generations as it marks the transition from Millennium Development Goals to anticipated Sustainable Development Goals.

Rising from a recent meeting at Ibadan,  the Nigerian Climate and Sustainable Development Network NCSDN called on all Parties to use the 2014 review  to scale up targets for the rest of this period.

The network also called upon Parties to respect the timeline for the global climate change deal in 2015 and come up with an ambitious, fair, equitable, and legally binding agreement.

The NCSDN meeting recommended that the Beyond-2015 sustainable development agenda  should be underpinned by the principle of polluter pays, common but differentiated responsibilities with respective capabilities, equity and climate Justice.

They demanded access to and affordable clean technologies. Such technology should be consistent with international best practice. It should also promote the use of renewable energy and support home-grown and indigenous technology.

“Developed countries must remove intellectual property rights, pay full incremental costs of technology transfer to protect developing countries and contribute for peaking and declining of global emission. We oppose efforts to sell and not transfer appropriate technologies, or to strengthen and not relax intellectual property rights,” said the statement.

Executive Director of Centre for Peace and Relief Distribution CEPRD, Mr. Adekunle Onamusi condemned the withdrawal of Canada, New Zealand, Russia and Japan from the second commitment period to the Kyoto Protocol and the continued refusal of the United States to ratify the protocol.

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