Vulnerable group demands 1.5 degree target


Dhaka Tribune, Paris

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) placed its demands to global leaders for settling the target of limiting carbon emission below 1.5 degrees in the Paris agreement.

They said countries have to come to an agreement on this common agenda to avoid further devastation due to global warming.

“If we fail to put ambitious emission reduction target that limits the global temperature increase within 1.5 degrees, the earth will be more vulnerable in terms of erratic weather pattern, food security and biodiversity will be hampered,” said Dr Saleemul Huq, chair of the CVF Advisory Panel.

He was speaking at a press briefing of the Forum at Le Bourget in Paris.

He said 126 countries have already expressed the same demand at the Paris climate summit, “which is a good sign.”

However, Saleemul added countries like Saudi Arabia are reluctant to set target below 1.5 degrees with an aim to continue their fossil fuel business.

The CVF is an international partnership of countries established highly vulnerable to a warming planet.

Currently chaired by Philippines, the Forum members are met in Paris for the third time since its inception to deliver a collective vision of the vulnerable countries for UN climate change conference ongoing in Paris.