Ronald Jumea, the Seychelles ambassador to the US and UN, on why the small island nations won't walk out of the talks, even if there's little progress toward their demand for big emissions cuts. "We can't afford to leave the table of others will make decisions for us."
Fantastic to see hundreds of Africa women farmers excited to be at COP17 and marching for improved land rights!
Ronald Jumeau of the Seychelles: "If we go under, Durban goes under…. I (stay) on the beachfront and from what I see from my hotel window, when the storm surges come to cover our islands, they will cover the low-lying part of Durban. The conference in Durban cannot condemn us to doom without dooming itself. So our message is a message of all the people of Durban. During COP17 you are all small islanders. So don’t save us. Save yourselves. We are one and the same."
Marlene Moses, Nauru negotiator and next president of AOSIS: "You feel like walking out. But you have to be part of the process."
Marlene Moses, Nauru negotiator and next president of AOSIS, on why insisting on holding world temperature rise below 1.5 degrees C is reasonable: "Our positions are totally, absolutely realistic. It’s the bare minimum. It’s the bottom line."
#COP17 discussions seem to indicate a slow but sure move towards per-capita calculation of emission reduction targets. - @kristinpalitza
Only 12 heads of state expected to arrive at #COP17 next week, all from small, developing nations. - @kristinpalitza
African civil society groups, including labour unions, farmers, faith groups and environmental activists, have said in a press release that the Durban climate summit must not abandon the people of Africa.
Michele Maynard from the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance said:
"South Africa has a leading role to play, as the Chair of these talks here in Durban. The South African chair of the talks must not let South Africa down. African nations must stand shoulder-to-shoulder to deliver radical action to cut emissions, and substantial finance to allow Africa to adapt to the impacts already being felt."
"Civil society is watching the talks here in Durban with growing concern. These talks must not ignore the needs of the African people. Africa is already feeling the impacts of climate change. The future of African agriculture, food and survival is at stake. The African nations are watching you."