Climate talks must speed pace of change to protect poorest as world gets hotter

Press release, 30 November 2018
Ahead of the UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland (2-14 December), Andrew Norton, Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said:

“This is the most important climate meeting since the Paris Agreement was adopted. Governments meeting in Katowice must seize the opportunity to slow the dangerous trend of rising temperatures. 

“Evidence, as if we needed any more, is overwhelming. From the fires, floods and other extreme weather that continue to devastate people’s lives – particularly the poorest and most vulnerable – to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s findings, the urgent need to accelerate the pace of change has never been clearer. 

“It is vital governments agree fair and detailed rules for putting the Paris Agreement into action. This will make it possible for countries to plan, report and review the crucial measures and support needed to tackle climate change and keep temperature rise below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

“Developed countries must pick up the speed and increase the scale at which they provide funding and technical support to the poorest countries. They need to show how they will deliver the US$100 billion they committed to provide every year starting in 2020 and demonstrate this year how they will significantly increase the amount from 2025. This is essential to enabling developing countries to build the skills, institutions and systems that are fundamental to their developing and even thriving in the face of climate change. 

“The talks must also ensure the Talanoa Dialogue is central to the outcome and decisions taken in Katowice. It is important they continue to drive governments to strengthen the commitments and support they give.” 

Media enquiries

IIED is available at the climate talks in in Katowice, Poland from 30 November to 14 December. 

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Beth Herzfeld, IIED's head of media, on +44 (0)7557 658 482 or, if not urgent, you can email

Notes to editors

  • IIED estimates less than 10% of the US$17 billion climate finance committed from international climate funds by 2016 were prioritised for local-level activities. Committing these funds to every level – national, regional and local – is key. The imbalance needs to be addressed with more of this money is channelled to the local level. See: Delivering real change: getting international climate finance to the local level
  • IIED is a policy and action research organisation. It promotes sustainable development to improve livelihoods and protect the environments on which these livelihoods are built. IIED specialises in linking local priorities to global challenges. Based in London, UK it works in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and the Pacific, with some of the world's most vulnerable people to strengthen their voice in the decision-making arenas that affect them – from village councils to international conventions.