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Tuesday, 17 December 2019 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Outcome of the COP25 (debate)

  Caroline Voaden (Renew). – Madam President, 2019 is coming to an end, another year of record wildfires, floods, droughts and livelihoods destroyed under our watch. Another year of discussions on measures to stop climate change. Yet the COP25 failed to deliver on international trading rules. But we also failed to deliver on adaptation, on loss and damage, on reaching agreements to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience against the future natural disasters that the world will face. Discussing the outcomes of the COP25, let’s not lose focus on what’s at stake here. Let’s not forget who will suffer at the hands of climate change. According to the 2019 Climate Change Performance Index, there is today no country on earth that is heading towards the 1.5° target.

We as Brits are devastated that we will not be able to play our full part in driving forward stricter green targets within the European Union, as we will no longer sit at the table. During the COP25, the gap between the reality of our climate emergency and the pace of negotiations has been clear. The time for talking is over. I urge you now, as Members of the European Parliament and Union, to be a strong and ambitious voice in all future negotiations.

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