• 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.
Vulnerable Twenty (V20)
Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group
Climate Vulnerability Monitor
  • The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) and DARA published the Climate Vulnerability Monitor, “The State of the Climate Crisis,” in December 2010.
    • 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.

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