COP 23- CLIMATE ACTION: “We must be champions for change”- Patricia Espinosa
Juin22

COP 23- CLIMATE ACTION: “We must be champions for change”- Patricia Espinosa

Speaking recently at the conference “Austrian World Summit: From Sustainable Goals to Real Action”, organized by the group R20 Regions of Climate Action, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Patricia Espinosa  addressed a statement on society collective responsibility in climate action. Read her full address below. Everyone is a hero Let me start by thanking R20 for the invitation to join you for the first Austrian World Summit. This summit opens at a crucial moment for the future of humanity. We have in our hands all the elements needed for meeting the climate change challenge, transforming reality and opening the door to a secure and stable future for all. In moments of great change, we have seen over and over again great people rising to lead this change. Now is truly a moment for these ‘action heroes’ and champions.People from all walks of life, and in all countries and on all continents, must carry the flag for sustainable development and action on climate change. Every level of society, every community and every sector of every economy must be involved. Austria, in convening this inaugural World Summit, is declaring itself an action hero – thank you Chancellor Kern and President Van der Bellen.Arnold Schwarzenegger, is another action hero not just for his work in film and as Governor of California, but for his establishment of R20 and highly visible advocacy.He is joined by UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael Bloomberg and Jerry Brown, the current governor of the State of California, and who has been designated by the Prime Minister of Fiji, in his role as President of COP 23, as special envoy for states and regions for this years’ climate change conference. Champions of climate action.Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, whose foundation is funding renewable energy projects in many R20 members, is also a hero. As are the scientists who help us understand the challenge, the public and private sector leaders that have recently reiterated support for the principles of Paris and every individual who makes a climate-conscious choice. Making the difference And when we mention these remarkable people and institutions, we also must look no further than the DSG Amina J Mohamed and her tireless work to realize the Sustainable Development Goals and now to implement them. This immense and important task is supported by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who himself champions the fact that “implementing the 2030 Agenda goes hand-in-glove with limiting global temperature rise and increasing climate resilience” and sees action on climate change as a tremendous opportunity. Our UN organization, the climate change secretariat, recognizes those who are making a difference through...

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