Fill the fund: Send your climate messages to the UN

Richard Casson

Blog post by Richard Casson

Oxfam Great Britain, Digital Campaigner
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Help us ask the International Maritime Organisation to take bold action on climate change. Tweet your message to the IMO using #FilltheFund or post your comments below, and we’ll give the best messages to delegates meeting in March. 

Cancun saw the successful establishment of a global Climate Fund, one of our core campaigns asks last year. But we still need to make sure that the Fund is filled with cash so that it can provide life-saving support to help the world's poorest people fight the effects of climate change.

The International Maritime Organisation (the UN body that regulates international shipping) is meeting in London in March and offers a great opportunity to agree sources to help fill the Fund. They will be looking at proposals to reduce emissions from shipping, including schemes that could generate substantial finance (for example from a tax on shipping). It is estimated schemes to reduce emissions from international transport could generate at least US$12 billion a year, which could be used to help fill the Climate Fund, without raising taxes in developed countries or diverting money from aid budgets.

When the IMO last discussed reducing emissions from shipping in September 2010 they decided it was so important that they’re dedicating a whole four day meeting this March to look at the issue, so this is an unprecedented opportunity to make real progress.

We want to make sure the delegates understand what an important role they can play in both reducing emissions and on agreeing this crucial source of finance that could support those most affected by climate change.

Send a message to the IMO

We want the delegates to know that people around the world are watching and care what happens inside the meeting. Send us your message to the IMO and we’ll select the best ones and hand them over to delegates in the form of origami boats!

To send us your message either tweet it, including the hashtag #FillTheFund or post your message to the IMO in the comments section of this blog (below).

Be there on the day

On the first day of the meeting, we’re going to be talking to delegates entering the meeting and explaining how they can be part of the solution.

If you would like to join us please contact Lucy on lhurn@oxfam.org.uk or 01865 473446 - You’ll need to be free on the morning of Monday 28th March (approx 7.30- 10.30am, to be confirmed nearer the time) and a full briefing will be provided.

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