The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) is a global partnership of countries that are disproportionately affected by the consequences of climate change.
The forum addresses the negative effects of climate change as a result of heightened socioeconomic and environmental vulnerabilities. These countries actively seek a firm and urgent resolution to the current intensification of climate change, domestically and internationally.
The CVF was formed to increase the accountability of industrialized nations for the consequences of global climate change.
It also aims to exert additional pressure for action to tackle the challenge, which includes the local action by countries considered susceptible.
The forum serves as a South-South cooperation platform for participating governments to act together to deal with global climate change.
The governments which founded the CVF agree to national commitments to pursue low-carbon development and carbon neutrality.
Formation of Climate Vulnerable Forum
The CVF was founded by the Maldives government before the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which sought to increase awareness of countries considered vulnerable.
Eleven governments from Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Pacific, representing the countries most vulnerable to climate change, met near the Maldives capital of Malé in November 2009.
The governments issued a declaration expressing alarm at the pace of change and damage as a result of global warming, stating that these conditions are “an existential threat to our nations, our cultures and to our way of life” and “undermine the internationally-protected human rights of our people”.
Other initiatives taken by CVF to deal with climate change:
Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group of Ministers of Finance of the Climate Vulnerable Forum is a dedicated cooperation initiative of economies systemically vulnerable to climate change.
It was established on 08 October 2015 at Lima, Peru.
It’s primary objective is to promote the mobilisation of climate finance.
Survive Thrive #1.5C aims to promote actions to keep warming below 1.5°C and urges people to get involved and keep updated on limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
The global study covered 184 countries affected by the short-term impacts of climate change in four key areas: health, weather disasters, habitat loss and economic stress.
A second edition of the Climate Vulnerability Monitor, “A Guide to the Cold Calculus of a Hot Planet”, was published in September 2012.
It expanded on the first report’s analysis, describing 34 indicators of positive and negative effects predicted to result from climate change.
Global Shield Initiative
The Global Shield Initiative was formally launched by the G7 and Vulnerable Twenty (V20) countries at the COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, and is expected to start immediately after the conference.
Global Shield initiative aims to provide and facilitate more and better pre-arranged disaster financing to climate vulnerable developing nations so that they can more cost-efficiently and effectively minimise and address loss and damage caused by climate change.