The 47 of the world’s poorest countries, which have grouped together as the Climate Vulnerable Forum, agreed to make their energy production 100 per cent renewable "as rapidly as possible" and by between 2030 and 2050 at the latest, while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. The forum also vowed to take action to help limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The Climate Vulnerable Forum was set up in 2009 and is made up of countries that are disproportionately affected by climate change.
The Marrakech Vision adopted by the Climate Vulnerable Forum breathes new and strong commitment: “We aim to survive and thrive in a world where, as soon as possible and at the latest by 2030 to 2050 the dangers of climate change are kept to an absolute minimum.”
The least developed and low- and middle-income developing countries see climate investment as an opportunity, while striving at eliminating high-carbon investments and harmful subsidies, says Sabine Froning, spokeswomen for energy giant Vattenfall. Not least they aim at becoming leaders in renewable energy. Among the goals to be achieved at the latest by 2030 to 2050 they state: “We strive to meet 100 percent domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible while working to end energy poverty, protect water and food security.”
In addition to Marrakech Vision and the Marrakech Action Proclamation For Our Climate And Sustainable Development that was arrived at through the involvement of more than 70 heads of state, the conference produced scores of declarations, initiatives, MoUs and agreements.
East Timor is one of the members of Climate Vulnerable Forum, and the only Portuguese-speaking country. The full list can be found here.
Marrakech Vision: www.thecvf.org/marrakech-vision
The Marrakech Communique: www.thecvf.org/marrakech-communique