Poorest continue to wait - lack of urgency matched by disappointing progress on climate finance

Press release, 19 November 2016
A lack of urgency at COP22 means that the poorest countries in the world must wait a further two years before key decisions are made on how to put the Paris Agreement into action, says IIED director Andrew Norton.

On the outcome of the UNFCCC climate negotiations in Marrakech, IIED director Andrew Norton said: "The outcome of the UN climate talks means that the world's poorest people in the most vulnerable countries will have to continue their wait for another two years before substantive decisions are made on how the Paris Agreement is put into action.

"The lack of urgency was matched by disappointing progress on climate finance. While some decisions were taken, the main obstacle is the lack of funding available to poor countries to adapt to the impacts of climate change. It is vital that developed countries provide this finance to the poorest countries.

"It is important that the welcome commitments made in Marrakech by developing countries, business, cities and states to tackle climate change push the richer governments to take the steps needed to make the Paris Agreement a reality in action."

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Notes to editors

IIED is a policy and action research organisation. It promotes sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. IIED specialises in linking local priorities to global challenges. Based in London, UK it works in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific, with some of the world's most vulnerable people to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them — from village councils to international conventions.