- Groups ask Obama to stick with UN as site of climate negotiations
Groups ask Obama to stick with UN as site of climate negotiations
Your contribution will benefit Friends of the Earth.
Thanks for your interest in Friends of the Earth. You can find information about us and get in touch the following ways:
A coalition of organizations, including Friends of the Earth, have signed a letter asking President Obama to recognize that solutions to the climate crisis must be agreed upon at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as it is the only space that respects the sovereign and equal rights of all countries – those most responsible for climate change and those most affected by it – to protect their economies, their people, their territory and their planet from the threat of climate change.
The text of the letter follows and can also be viewed here (pdf):
April 7, 2010
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 205000
Dear Mr. President,
In your inaugural and State of the Union addresses, you recognized that the destiny
of the United States is connected to those beyond our shores, and that the U.S. must
play a leadership role in advancing the common security and prosperity of all
people. Global climate change poses a profound and fundamental threat to that
common security and prosperity, to the global economy, and to the lives, livelihoods
and basic human rights of billions of people. These impacts, like the greenhouse
emissions that drive them, have no borders.
To address climate change, groups of countries will inevitably come together to
develop initiatives that meet their specific needs, such as in the G20. Ultimately,
however, solutions to the global threat must be agreed upon at the United Nations
Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as it is the only space that
respects the sovereign and equal rights of all countries – those most responsible for
climate change and those most affected by it – to protect their economies, their
people, their territory and their planet from the threat of climate change.
At the April UN climate talks in Germany, we therefore urge your Administration to:
* Uphold the UNFCCC as the sole venue for international negotiations to reach
a global climate change agreement that is fair, effective and comprehensive.
* Commit to the continuation of a two-track negotiating process throughout
2010, the Kyoto Protocol track and the Long-term Cooperative Action track.
We thank you for your consideration of this urgent matter.
Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Black Mesa Water Coalition
Capuchin-Franciscan Justice, Peace & Ecology Office
Capuchin Province of St. Joseph
Climate Collaboration Network of Corporate Ethics International
Center for Biological Diversity
Center for International Environmental Law
Center of Concern
Chesapeake Climate Action Network
Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach
Community Action for Justice in the Americas, Africa and Asia
Friends Committee on National Legislation
Friends of the Earth US
Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives
Indigenous Environmental Network
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Institute for Policy Studies, Sustainable Energy & Economy Network
Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, AIDA
International Accountability Project
International Forum on Globalization
Jubilee Montana Network
Jubilee Northwest Coalition
Jubilee San Diego
Jubilee USA Network
Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns
Massachusetts Coalition for Healthy Communities.
National Wildlife Federation
New Rules for Global Finance
North Carolina Waste Awareness and Reduction Network
Oil Change International
Rainforest Action Network
Resisting Environmental Destruction on Indigenous Lands (REDOIL)
The Biomass Accountability Project, Inc.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations
Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth
Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office
United Methodist Women
Washington Association of Churches
Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)
cc: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of Treasury Timothy F. Geithner