60 th Annual D PI /N GO Conference Declaration Climate Change Threats – An NGO Framework for Action

We, over 1726 participants representing over 500 Non-Governmental Organisations from more than 62 countries,
recognis
ing that we share one planet and its en
vironment, as well as a responsibility to protect
future generations,
recognis
ing the special vulnerabilities of the indigenous, poor, coastal and rural populations,
having met at the 60
th
Annual UN Department of Public Information Conference for NGOs at
UN
Headquarters from 5
7 September, 2007, with representatives of Member States, UN agencies and
programs, the scientific community, the private sector, media and civil society, and
having reviewed the latest scientific evidence from a wide variety of ex
perts as well as hearing
about the experiences of indigenous peoples to better understand climate change, its threats and
how NGOs can broaden the base for knowledge and action to reduce those threats;
make the
following declaration:
We affirm that climat
e change is mainly anthropogenic and is one of the most serious
threats
humanity and our environment have ever faced which if not addressed will cause:
a.
catastrophic effects to Earth’s ecosystems, biodiversity and infrastructure;
b.
significantly reduced ava
ilability of food, water, energy and transport;
c.
massive migration of populations and the possible destruction of entire cultures and small
island nations,
d.
significant damage to our economic, political, cultural, social and spiritual structures,
e.
increased l
ocal, national and international violence,
f.
significant psychological and emotional distress to individuals and communities
g.
irreversible harm to the lifestyles of indigenous peoples,
h.
increased spread of vector
borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever
, and
i.
negative impacts on human health and life expectancy
We commit ourselves over the next 12 months to a Framework for Action that will propose NGO
solutions to these threats before they become irreversible:
a.
unify behind a common vision of collabora
tion
even if we disagree on tactics
to
develop and implement plans for adaptation and mitigation
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taking into account the full
range of consequences;
b.
act as vocal, active partners for change with the UN, governments at all levels, NGOs and
other membe
rs of our global community;
c.
develop, implement and publicize individual and collaborative action plans for personal,
economic and political change.

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