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The 48 developing country members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) demonstrated much needed ambition and leadership at COP22. They agreed to making their energy production 100% renewable “as rapidly as possible”, and by between 2030 and 2050 at the latest.

This commitment is set out in the CVF’s leadership vision statement for 2016-2018, called the ‘The Marrakech Vision’, the outcome document of the CVF High Level Meeting held on Friday 18 November 2016. The vulnerable countries also outlined a number of other ambitious commitments:

  • To lead processes and to help trigger increased commitments from all countries for urgent progress towards the 1.5°C limit set out in the Paris Agreement
  • To commit to update their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as early as possible before 2020
  • To prepare mid-century, long-term low GHG development strategies as early as possible before 2020

The Climate Vulnerable Forum, founded in 2009, has been a progressive voice throughout the negotiations and was instrumental in getting the crucial 1.5oC limit included in the Paris Agreement.

Mattlan Zackhras, Minister in Assistance to the President of the Marshall Islands, represented the Marshall Islands at the preparatory CVF meeting in Addis Ababa on 24-25th October 2016, which helped come up with the draft documents for the CVF announcements at COP22. The Marshall Islands was confirmed in the CVF Marrakesh meetings as the future Chair of the CVF, to take over in August 2018 after the term of office of the current Ethiopian Chair expires. Speaking at the CVF’s High Level Meeting, Minister Zackhras emphasised that we have to “make sure that global emissions peak in the next few years and we turn the corner to a cleaner and safer 1.5 world.”

Track 0 provided support to Minister Mattlan Zackhras over COP22 in Marrakesh and at the Addis Ababa meetings of the CVF in October that helped prepare for the CVF’s Marrakesh commitments, in addition to the COP22 CVF High Level Meeting. Track 0 also helped convene the NGO event 100% Renewable Energy for 1.5C Degrees:

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