COP22’s 5 Key Areas of Action

There is a cloud called Donald Trump on the horizon, but no one wants to see it in Marrakesh. Not now. The UN Climate Change Conference’s focus is to keep the momentum going after the Paris Climate Change Agreement entered into force.

Morocco’s Foreign Minister and newly-elected COP22 President Salaheddine Mezouar underscored his country’s willingness to host the conference as a demonstration of Africa’s commitment as a whole to contribute to global efforts to tackle climate change. “It emphasizes Africa’s desire to take its destiny in hand, to reduce its vulnerability and strengthen its resilience,” he said.

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UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech 2016

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, underlined 5 key areas in which work needs to be taken forward: “Finance to allow developing countries to green their economies and build resilience. Finance is flowing. It has to reach the level and have the predictability needed to catalyse low-emission and climate-resilient development; Nationally determined contributions – national climate action plans – which now need to be integrated into national policies and investment plans; Support for adaptation, which needs to be given higher priority, and progress on the loss and damage mechanism to safeguard development gains in the most vulnerable communities; Capacity building needs of developing countries in a manner that is both tailored and specific to their needs; Fully engaging Non-Party stakeholders, from the North and from the South, as they are central to the global action agenda for transformational change.”

“Our work here in Marrakech must reflect our new reality. No politician or citizen, no business manager or investor can doubt that the transformation to a low-emission, resilient society and economy is the singular determination of the community of nations,” she said. EL

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    With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.

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