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Commonwealth leaders call for strong climate action

Leaders of the Commonwealth of nations have called for strong climate action.

The 54-nation bloc agreed to pursue a coordinated approach at the Commonwealth while meetin in Kigali, Rwanda.

“Responding to climate change requires the most significant political, social and economic effort that the world has ever seen. The Commonwealth’s Living Lands Charter, is a testament to our commitment. It helps to encapsulate our combined effort to hold the global average temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

According to the charter’s concept note, the Commonwealth’s commitments will focus on five main themes: climate-resilient agriculture for food security, soil and water conservation, green cover and biodiversity, climate-resilient livestock rearing, and climate-resilient development for indigenous people.

In what’s billed as a “five-by-five” approach, it aims to achieve its climate goals through a mixture of policy influence, financing, technical assistance, governance and sharing knowledge across nations.

The Commonwealth brings together states representing a combined population of 2.5 billion people, most of which are former British colonies.

It claims that if the charter is endorsed and implemented in full, it will “protect and manage a quarter of the world’s landmass”.