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UN Climate Chief: Raise Support Now for Accelerating Global Climate Action

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New Universal Climate Agreement Must Meet Adaptation Needs of Vulnerable Communities

(Kathmandu, Nepal, 30 April 2014) – Communities across the developing world have a wealth of local knowledge and ingenuity to adapt more successfully to climate change but they urgently need greater international support to unlock their ambitions, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said on Wednesday.

“In the past few years, governments under the UN climate change convention have launched a whole new set of institutions to support action by the developing world. But there is still a gap between intent and full implementation that will allow vulnerable countries to make the most of their own abilities and adapt at a faster and more decisive scale,” she said, after addressing the 8 th Annual Community Based Adaptation Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal.

“Next year, governments will agree a new, universal climate agreement that must put the world on track to a carbon-neutral future. An essential foundation for a successful agreement must be greater ambition by all sectors of society to reduce emissions and to support developing nations and communities build climate-resilient futures,” she said.