UN climate talks

Climate change is causing hunger.

Blog: Raising rural women’s voices on the Road to Paris

This week thousands of people around the world are standing shoulder to shoulder with rural women, who are not only feeling the harshest effects of climate change but, in the face of woeful government inaction, are also leading the fight in feeding their communities, and the world.

Oxfam Big Heads, UNFCCC climate talks, Lima, Peru, 12 December 2014. Photo: Percy Ramirez/Oxfam

Blog: The end of UNFCCC COP20 in Peru: What will it take for governments to act?

After two weeks of splitting hairs over key elements of a new climate treaty at the UN climate talks here in Lima, governments failed once again to put the world on a pathway to keep global warming under control. What will it take for governments to act?

Oxfam activists at the UN climate talks in Warsaw, November 2013

Blog: Thousands marching for climate justice in Poland

This weekend, thousands of people marched at the UN climate talks in Warsaw, to send the message that we must stop climate change now.

Emotivo discurso del embajador de Filipinas: un poderoso alegato para luchar contra el cambio climático

Blog: Emotivo discurso del embajador de Filipinas: un poderoso alegato para luchar contra el cambio climático

Ayer, durante la jornada inaugural de la cumbre del clima de la ONU en Varsovia, representantes de países de todo el mundo llenaron la sala de conferencias para escuchar a Yeb Sano, principal negociador sobre el clima de Filipinas. En su intervención, describió “la devastación inimaginable, horrible y sin precedentes que el tifón Haiyan ha dejado a su paso –el mayor tifón de la historia reciente–”.

Philippines rep's tearful testimony makes compelling case for climate action

Blog: Philippines rep's tearful testimony makes compelling case for climate action

At the opening of the UN climate talks in Warsaw yesterday representatives of countries from around the globe packed into the conference hall to hear the lead climate negotiator for the Philippines, Yeb Sano, describe the ‘unthinkable, horrific and unprecedented devastation left in the wake of Typoon Haiyan - the strongest typhoon in modern recorded history’.

Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

Blog: Tweet a leader: let’s get some action going at COP17

The climate negotiations in Durban are stuttering. There is little progress on agreement on the emission reductions needed to keep warming below 2 degrees. There is also a rumbling debate about how to fill the Green Climate Fund.

Barbecued mealies (corn cobs), madumbes (root vegetable like potatoes), grilled beef, and puthu (stiff maize porridge), South Africa. Photo: Paul Weinberg/Oxfam.

Blog: Angélique Kidjo: Climate Action, One Bite at a Time

There is an old African riddle I am very fond of: “How do you eat an elephant?” To which the answer is “A bite at a time.” It should be on every ones lips at the climate change talks in Durban. It can seem that climate change is so big, so complex, so all encompassing that, like our culinary elephant, it is too big to handle and there is nothing we can do to make a difference. Not true. It just needs to be taken a bite at a time. 

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