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As the aftermath of the U.S. election fixes our attention internationally, and will continue to do so as we wait to see what happens next, the issue of climate change is only accelerating in urgency. We must not allow ourselves to lose focus, particularly on the climate talks currently underway in Marrakech (COP22). 

Like so many other parties to the Paris Accords, the government of my country, Timor-Leste, has been diligently developing our Nationally Determined Contribution, our country’s response outlining our commitment to work with the global community to fulfill the Paris Agreement in achieving our shared goals to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C, to pursue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5°C, and to achieve net zero emissions in the second half of this century. 

The idea that climate change is a “hoax invented by China” would be laughable if it weren’t for the fact that so many Americans seem to have been swept up into the jet stream behind the person promoting the idea. As the rest of us know, including those in the world’s poorest countries, who will suffer the earliest and the most, it is not just a matter of losing animal species. Climate change posts serious humanitarian and security risks for us all. Hindering the progress made to date threatens our collective future. 

Global education on the facts of climate change is a key to achieving the change required. And it must encompass everyone, from those sitting around the boardroom tables of our world’s business communities to the subsistence farming communities in the developing world. Every community can play a part, and every community has a stake in doing so. 

Read more: In The Mountains Of Timor-Leste, A Small Success On Climate Change

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Congratulations Timor Leste!!

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January 24th, launching Intended Nationally Determined Contribution with H.E. Minister of Trade, Industry and Environment. This is an important step for Timor Leste  that demonstrates their  overall commitment towards the climate change agenda, and it also potentially offers the country opportunities to benefit from international climate funding (including possibly future EU funding from the GCCA+). It is also very important for TL to fulfil its commitments as a Pacific Country as well as SIDS (Small Island Developing State), as a likeminded group on climate change.

Great to have Timor Leste in the Global Action against Climate Change.

Source: European Union External Action | 25 January 2017


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Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a historical landmark agreement in Paris on 12 December 2015, charting a fundamentally new course for global climate efforts.

Read more: Time to Protect Our Common Home

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