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 climate change 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 CVF Vision adopted at the subsequent 2016 Forum meeting at UNFCCC COP22 committed Forum members to ambitious climate action, striving, among others, to achieve maximal resilience and 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, Philippines, Ethiopia, and the Marshall Islands. Bangladesh assumed the presidency for a second tenure as announced in June 2020, following designation by leaders of the CVF at the CVF Partners’ Leaders Event at UNFCCC COP25, in Madrid, Spain, in December 2019.
Marshall Islands CVF Presidency
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
Following the CVF High Level Meeting at Marrakech, Morocco, on 18 November 2016, the work of the Forum has been guided by the CVF Vision. Prior to the adoption of the CVF Vision, the 2016-2018 Road Map also outlined 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 identified 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.
The CVF has met once at Summit level in the first ever entirely online intergovernmental meeting of world leaders, with the 2018 CVF Virtual Summit. The CVF High Level Meeting at Marrakech, Morocco, on 18 November 2016 was the most recent ministerial, High Level meeting of the full Forum body. Between 2009-2015, 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 also held regional meetings during 2014-2015. High level Forum meetings:
• 2016 Forum – Marrakech, Morocco, 18 November 2016
• 2015 Forum – Paris, France, 30 November 2015
• 2011 Forum – Dhaka, Bangladesh, 13-14 November 2011
• 2009 Forum – Male’, Maldives, 9-10 November 2009
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. Ethiopia chaired the CVF High Level Meeting at Marrakech, Morocco, on 18 November 2016.
Marshall Islands, 2018-2020
The Marshall Islands assumed the seventh presidency of the Climate Vulnerable Forum on 28 August 2018 following the conclusion of the presidency tenure of Ethiopia during 2016-2018. The Marshall Islands was nominated as Chair designate by the membership at the CVF High Level Meeting at Marrakech, Morocco, on 18 November 2016. The Marshall Islands convenes the first entirely online Heads of Government level intergovernmental meeting, the 2018 CVF Virtual Summit, on 22 November 2018 and launched the Madrid Ambition Drive for Survival, or #MAD4survival in December 2019, to galvanize support for the importance of all countries to enhance their commitments to climate action in 2020, standing in solidarity with those most vulnerable.
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.