10 December 2012

UNICEF UK today welcome the steps to progress at COP 18 in Doha, but called for further action and ambition on climate change to protect the world's children.

The conclusions in Doha have taken some important steps forward in building a climate safe world for children, such as agreeing a next commitment period for the Kyoto Protocol and taking some steps forward on financing. UNICEF UK welcomes the leadership of the UK government in pushing for action through the EU at the conference.

UNICEF UK especially welcomes the strong leadership by the UK to commit £1.8 billion of aid money between 2012-2015 to help developing countries build resilience to climate challenges. Continued momentum and action by developed countries on climate finance is essential to ensure there are enough resources available for children in the most climate vulnerable countries to be able to cope with the impacts of climate change.

Continued agreement was also made at Doha on working towards the 2015 deadline of agreeing a new global legally binding deal covering all countries, to be adopted and ratified by 2020. 

Greater ambition needed for children

Despite these achievements however, progress at Doha was modest and more urgency and ambition is rapidly needed to ensure suitable climate action is taken to safeguard children and future generations. This includes more ambition and commitment to emissions reductions and urgent progress on mobilising new and additional finance for developing countries. Further action is needed in 2013 to help achieve such progress.

UNICEF UK particularly encourages the UK to build on their international climate leadership to push for further ambition within in EU on such issues in 2013, to continue making progress towards mobilising new and additional finance in the context of the UN negotiations but also other forums such as the G20.

The UK should also use its Board Seat on the Green Climate Fund to push for rapid construction of the Fund so that countries can start pledging new and additional funds to support developing countries.

UNICEF UK's Climate Change Policy Officer Jazmin Burgess said, "COP 18 made important steps in building the blocks of a post 2012 climate change regime, essential for protecting children from the impacts of climate change now and in the future. However further progress is needed urgently if we are to have the structures, action and political will in place that will truly deliver long term action to safeguard children. UNICEF UK encourages the UK to be a continuous positive force in international climate action and push for greater action in 2013 in the run up to COP 19 in Poland."

Fatima, 13, from the Philippines lost her home last December in an intense tropical storm. She is one of 175 million children affected every year by the impacts of climate change. © UNICEF UK/Philippines/2012/Maitem
Fatima, 13, from the Philippines lost her home last December in an intense tropical storm. She is one of millions of children affected every year by the impacts of climate change.© UNICEF UK/Philippines/2012/Maitem

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