Climate Vulnerable Forum History - CVF Group Photo 2009 - Source: Maldives Presidency

High-Level Delegates at the first Climate Vulnerable Forum at Male’, Maldives, November 2009 – Source: Maldives Presidency

Climate Vulnerable Forum History

The Climate Vulnerable Forum history in brief.

Maldives, 2009-2010

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.

Kiribati, 2010-2011

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.

Bangladesh, 2011-2013

Sheikh Hasina Ban Ki-moon Bangladesh 2011 CVF - Climate Vulnerable Forum History

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

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”.

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, 2015-2016

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 2016-

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.