The CVF first met near Male’, Maldives in November 2009 gathering Heads of State, Ministers and other government leaders representing countries threatened by climate change from around the world. It has since been active in building cooperation, knowledge and awareness on global warming issues. At the CVF High-Level Meeting held during the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21), the Manila-Paris Declaration and the 2016-2018 Roadmap of the CVF, adopted at this meeting, spell out the CVF’s planned efforts during this time period. The Marrakech Communique and Marrakech Vision were adopted at the 2016 Forum meeting at UNFCCC COP22, in these the Forum committed to ambitious climate action, striving to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible.
The Forum has a rotating chairmanship that has been held by Maldives, Kiribati, Bangladesh, Costa Rica and Philippines. The current chair, Ethiopia, assumed the presidency at the High-Level Climate Policy Forum in the Senate of the Philippines in August 2016. See here for a Brief History of the Forum and for information about the Forum’s aims and key activities.
Ethiopia CVF Presidency
Ethiopia assumed the Presidency of the Forum in August 2016 following the tenure of Philippines. Ethiopia was confirmed as incoming chair of the Forum in the Manila-Paris Declaration of the CVF adopted in November 2015 at the High Level Climate Vulnerable Forum Meeting at Paris (UNFCCC COP21). Ethiopia hosted the fourth high level meeting of the CVF at Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco in November 2016.
As a collaborative platform for vulnerable countries to address the foremost issues related to global climate change, the Forum’s aims include:
• Agenda setting for highlighting concerns, issues and challenges faced by vulnerable countries
• Consensus building and position convergence on international policies
• Building trust among stakeholders and breaking down divides
• Cooperative action in the context of intergovernmental fora
• Collective awareness raising on common concerns, views and positions
• Sharing of good practices on climate change policy
• Contributing to a truly effective, inclusive and responsible global climate change governance regime
Programs of Activities
The 2016-2018 Road Map outlines planned activities of the CVF and guidance for the joint work of the Forum’s members for the period 2016-18 to ensure timely and effective implementation of the Manila-Paris Declaration. The Road Map identifies key objectives, clarifies the central focus of Forum efforts, further to the Manila-Paris Declaration, and provides indications on the roles of different cooperation and action channels for members to follow-up on priorities at international and national levels, including with respect to member focal points.
Three major Forum meetings in 2009 near Male’, Maldives, in 2011 at Dhaka, Bangladesh and in 2015 at Paris, France gathered government leaders from 20 countries. The Forum is currently meeting through regional-level activities – see here for more.
In addition, in November 2010, Kiribati, during its CVF chairmanship, hosted the Tarawa Climate Change Conference at Ambo, Kiribati – find out more about 2010 Ambo meeting and its Declaration here.
The Forum has engaged in a variety of other collaborative and advocacy events and initiatives detailed in the CVF Timeline – find out more.
In other activities, the Forum has commissioned two major independent assessments on international vulnerability to climate change with the “Climate Vulnerability Monitor” series of reports the first two issues of which were mandated to international humanitarian research organization DARA.
Climate Vulnerability Monitor Reports
• 2nd Edition: A Guide to the Cold Calculus of A Hot Planet (2012) – DARAreport page and data portal
• 1st Edition: The State of the Climate Crisis (2010) – DARAreport page
The Forum first met near Male’, Maldives in November 2009 just ahead of the major Copenhagen Summit UN climate change conference (COP15) , where 11 nations gathered adopting a first Declaration that expressed alarm at the pace of change witnessed to the Earth as a result of human-induced changes to the climate.
High-Level Delegates at the first Climate Vulnerable Forum at Male’, Maldives, November 2009 – Source: Maldives Presidency
The Forum’s 2nd Chair, Kiribati, hosted the Tarawa Climate Change Conference in November 2010 leading a number of CVF member countries to adopt the Ambo Declaration together with other governments ahead of the UN Climate Conference at Cancún, Mexico (COP16). It was in conjunction with the Cancún conference that the Forum issued its first Climate Vulnerability Monitor report, entitled, “The State of the Climate Crisis”, drawing attention to the body of specialist evidence attesting to the dire socio-economic consequences of contemporary climatic change.
The Forum’s 3rd Chair, Bangladesh, hosted a major gathering of the Forum at Dhaka, Bangladesh in November 2011, adopting a second 14-point Declaration of the CVF in an event inaugurated with the participation of UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. Another major Forum event alongside the opening phases of the 67th UN General Assembly in New York , US in September 2012 saw the launch of the Forum’s Trust Fund and the 2nd edition of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor, entitled, “A Guide to the Cold Calculus of a Hot Planet”.
Bangladesh Prime Minister H.E. Sheikh Hasina and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 2011 Forum in Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 2011 – Source: Shubert Ciencia
Costa Rica, 2013-2014
Costa Rica assumed the Forum’s chair in mid-2013. The CVF Costa Rica Action Plan for 2013-15 was released at the UN Climate Conference at Warsaw, Poland (COP19) in November 2013 detailing joint efforts of Forum members to advance international climate policy – find out more here. Costa Rica also hosted the first CVF regional activity in April 2014.
Philippines assumed the chair of the Forum in January 2015 following the tenure of Costa Rica. The Philippines hosted the 2015 Forum Meeting at the UN Climate Conference at Paris, France in November 2015, where the CVF Manila-Paris Declaration and the 2016-2018 Roadmap were adopted.
Ethiopia assumed the Presidency of the Forum in August 2016 following the tenure of Philippines. Ethiopia was confirmed as incoming chair of the Forum in the Manila-Paris Declaration of the CVF adopted in November 2015 at the High Level Climate Vulnerable Forum Meeting at COP21.
Our Partners & Resourcing
The Forum’s activities have been supported by contributions from member countries and a variety of external donors and partners. The Climate Vulnerable Forum has maintained a Trust Fund, created by Bangladesh in 2012, as a the key mechanism for supporting the work of the Forum.