Seychelles climate chief on need for pre-2015 ambition

Ronny Jumeau – Seychelles Climate Ambassador

UNFCCC May talks:
“It’s like the calm before the storm, people jockeying for position. I don’t think anyone has put their cards on the table yet. I think the fangs and the claws will come out in June, when the pressure starts on ambition. It has been interesting to see how much is being done in countries, both developing and developed to mitigate and adapt to climate change. But listening to what all these countries are doing, it just underscored how much more needs to be done”.

“As far as we are concerned no-one is doing enough yet. If ever the US was in a position to do something it we think it is now. The US President doesn’t have to stand for re-election. Now that we’re changing track towards 2015 maybe it’s time for everyone to sit back and take stock, especially with the news that is coming from the scientific community”.

“As far as AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States) we are going to continue to put pressure on the pre-2020 ambitions gap. We think that has to be addressed. We’re going to press not to wait for a 2015 agreement. We need to do as much as we can – now. When we come to agree a new protocol at least we’ll have some serious ambition locked in.”