(28/11/2014) From 1st-12th December, representatives from the 194 UN member states are meeting in the Peruvian capital of Lima, to reach a decision on the principles of a new climate agreement that will be in Paris in 2015.
Welthungerhilfe is warning of the serious consequences of climate change, from which people who, for the most part, did not cause them are already suffering. In developing countries, drought and flooding threaten food security and lead to the loss of incomes and livelihoods. Small farmers lose their material livelihoods when harvests fails and important infrastructure is destroyed.
Consequences of climate change already apparent in Peru
“At the conference location in Peru, people are already suffering water shortages which will become more acute in the near future. 70 per cent of all tropical glaciers are to be found in Peru, but they are melting faster and faster due to global warming. In the country’s cities the number of climate refugees is increasing. They are small farmers who can no longer feed their families due to repeated crop failures, although 80 per cent of Peru’s food is produced by small farmers”, reports Michael Kühn, climate advisor at Welthungerhilfe.
Welthungerhilfe is asking the international community of states to develop a binding and wide-reaching agreement. This is to include more courage and commitment to the reduction of emissions, as well as the long-term financing of adaptation programmes and projects for disaster prevention.