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CARAIBE CLIMAT 2015 THE FORT-DE-FRANCE APPEAL

Planet Earth is our common cradle. A shared Homeland. It is an indivisible
ecosystem where national frontiers and vanities cannot overshadow a profound
interdependence in which the excesses of some affect the security and the future of others. In
this shared Homeland, wealth and poverty, abundance and scarcity, are simply the extremes
of a spiral dynamic of cause and effect.
This interdependence is even more evident through the extraordinary
challenges posed by climate change, its chain reaction of consequences, its unfolding
disasters and those to come, the brutal renewal which will be imposed on all of us.
None can be saved alone.
None can collapse without the entire biosphere, and its resilience capacity, remaining
unaffected.
1. The Caribbean region, which contributes only marginally to greenhouse gas
emissions, will nonetheless be among the most adversely affected zones. Its populations are
already feeling the effects of climate disturbance, which can trigger more frequent and more
intense extreme phenomena, modify precipitation, cause acidification and warming of the
oceans, coral bleaching, sea-level rise, coastal erosion, salination of aquifers, appearance of
new transmissible infections with a significant impact, reduction of agricultural productivity, an
overturning of fishing customs…
2. Despite our emergencies, our unequal responsibilities, our differentiated situations,
we must admit:
– a common destiny that obliges us to unite in a spirit of collective responsibility ;
– a demand for shared, effective and tangible solidarity.
These are the two pillars of a high earth-consciousness without which we would not be able to
surmount these challenges.
3. The international community has less than one year to define a compelling judicial
system applicable to the contracting parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change (UNFCCC). This agreement is to be adopted at the 21st session of the
Conference of Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris, France in December 2015. This new
agreement shall respond to the recommendations contained in the 5th Assessment Report
(AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It must also be entirely
adaptable, in order to take into account evolving scientific data.
4. Therefore, we the Heads of State, Heads of Government and representatives
of regional authorities, assembled in Martinique on May 9th 2015, call on world leaders,
regional and municipal authorities, the private sector and people of the world:
– to join us in a working formula which will allow us to take up, in the most solid,
healthy and broadest possible manner, the multifaceted challenge of climate change ;
– to understand that international cooperation and collaboration are indispensable in
order to tackle both the causes and consequences of climate change in order to protect our
Caribbean region in the interest of future generations and planetary balance ;
– to hear the call of the most vulnerable countries, so that this international
mobilisation benefits the greatest number in a perfectly equitable manner ;
– to decide on a financial, scientific, technical aid and all other forms of support aimed
at strengthening the capacity of the Caribbean to take the necessary adaptation and
prospective redeployment measures that are required ;
– to recognise that certain problems are specific to small-island States and low-lying
territories ; that these differentiated situations call for unique solutions adapted to their national
and cultural realities ; that regional expertise, that recourse to traditional knowledge, are
necessary so that these measures, supported by global solidarity, receive the creative
adhesion of local populations;
– to lend the necessary financial and technical support to the preparation and
submission of their contributions which will be determined at the national level, by October
2015. These expected national contributions will be ambitious. They provide for measures
aimed at mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. They will determine those which can be
engaged with national resources, and specify those which are achievable only with technical,
scientific and financial aid from international sources.
5. Finally, even though the Caribbean generates only a negligible share of
greenhouse gases, our Governments will ensure effective contribution to international action
with a view to limiting future emissions to a level that will guarantee the survival of the most
vulnerable communities, food security for all, socio-economic well-being of all, and this in the
ultimate respect of the balance of our biosphere.
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We are in the world and the world is within us.
Therefore, we are the world.

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