What’s next for climate action ? -Patricia Espinoza
Nov25

What’s next for climate action ? -Patricia Espinoza

What’s next for climate action ? -Patricia Espinoza Shortly after the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, the UN’s top climate change official Patricia Espinosa visited Norway, where she met with government and local leaders and gave a speech at the 2016 Zero Emission Conference in Oslo. Hosted by the Norwegian NGO ZERO, the conference was designed to show that it is possible to create a thriving, modern society without the use of fossil fuels or fossil based materials, and with zero greenhouse gas emissions. In her speech, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Patricia Espinosa summed up the central outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, along with outlining the next steps for international, national and local climate action, and addressed the issue of what specifically Norway can do to help implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement.  Her speech     The Marrakech InsightsFirst, I saw unparalleled political will to act on climate change. The momentum that carried us from hundreds of thousands of people in the streets at the People’s Climate March in 2014… to an ambitious agreement in Paris last year has not diminished.Political will brought the Paris Agreement into force just days before this year’s conference in Marrakech, setting a tone for the meeting and allowing us to hold the historic first Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement. Second, Marrakech featured close cooperation to advance critical issues, which can be seen in the conference outcomes. Governments took a crucial step towards writing the rules of the Paris Agreement. They outlined the finance, technology and capacity building support that enables the developing world to move to low-emission development and build resilience. Marrakech featured long-term de-carbonization plans from major emitters and medium-income countries.* The Marrakech Action Proclamation unites nations in the determination to implement the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals.This is all very positive and shows that governments are willing to work together. It also sends a strong signal that we have unstoppable global momentum on climate change and sustainable development. Third and finally, Marrakech shined a light on movement in markets and in the private sector. And it highlighted climate actions by local governments. The business leaders action In markets, we see a transformation to low-emission. The clean energy market is growing and now it makes more sense to choose renewable energy over all others. Investors are moving to cleaner, greener assets to secure stable returns. Throughout the private sector, we see high efficiency operations, sustainable supply chains and products that reduce consumer’s climate footprint. Local governments Local governments are moving in the...

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COP 22: Paris Agreement Enters into Force – Celebration and Reality Check
Nov04

COP 22: Paris Agreement Enters into Force – Celebration and Reality Check

COP 22: Paris Agreement Enters into Force – Celebration and Reality Check   By Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary And  Salaheddine Mezouar, President of COP22 and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco   Marrakech, Morocco – Humanity will look back on November 4, 2016, as the day that countries of the world shut the door on inevitable climate disaster and set off with determination towards a sustainable future.   The Paris Climate Change Agreement – the result of the most complex, comprehensive and critical international climate negotiation ever attempted – came into force today.   The Agreement is undoubtedly a turning point in the history of common human endeavor, capturing the combined political, economic and social will of governments, cities, regions, citizens, business and investors to overcome the existential threat of unchecked climate change.   Its early entry into force is a clear political signal that all the nations of the world are devoted to decisive global action on climate change.   Next week’s UN climate change conference in Marrakech represents a new departure for the international community, and the first meeting of the Paris Agreement’s governing body, known as the CMA, will take place during it on November 15.   This is a moment to celebrate. It is also a moment to look ahead with sober assessment and renewed will over the task ahead.   In a short time – and certainly in the next 15 years – we need to see unprecedented reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and unequalled efforts to build societies that can resist rising climate impacts.   The timetable is pressing because globally greenhouse gas emissions which drive climate change and its impacts are not yet falling – a fact which the Marrakech meeting must have at the front of its concerns and collective resolve.   The World Meteorological Organization has now confirmed that the average global concentration in the atmosphere of the main greenhouse gas, carbon dioxide, reached the symbolic and significant milestone of 400 parts per million for the first time in 2015 and broke new records in 2016.   This means that the world is not nearly on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s primary goal to limit global warming well below 2°C and as close to 1.5°C as possible to prevent dangerous climate tipping points, beyond which we may lose the ability to control the outcome.   Paris delivered a gift of hope for every man, woman and child on the planet. Yet today’s celebration can also rest on the assurance that the policies, technology and finance to achieve these goals not only exist, but...

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COP 22- Accord de Paris- « Atteindre les objectifs et les ambitions ne sont pas une évidence »
Sep19

COP 22- Accord de Paris- « Atteindre les objectifs et les ambitions ne sont pas une évidence »

COP 22- Accord de Paris- « Atteindre les objectifs et les ambitions ne sont pas une évidence » Par  Patricia Espinosa Il n’y a qu’un seul avenir possible pour l’humanité, à savoir un avenir durable. En 2015, la communauté mondiale a convergé vers cette vision intégrée de l’avenir et a mis en mouvement une transformation sociale et économique afin d’y parvenir. La vision est articulée autour de l’Accord de Paris sur les changements climatiques, du Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030 et du Cadre de Sendai pour la réduction des risques de catastrophe. L’unicité de l’objectif reflété dans ces accords capitaux doit maintenant exploiter l’ampleur et la profondeur sans précédent d’une action universelle qui implique tous les acteurs de tout niveau et de toutes les régions du monde. Les défis seront phénoménaux, mais les bénéfices de la réussite seront encore plus grands. Le plan exige une profonde transformation structurelle qui place en son centre des économies bas carbone et des sociétés résistantes aux changements climatiques. Au cours des 15 prochaines années, les objectifs de ces accords, reliant le climat, la durabilité et la résilience, doivent témoigner d’une réduction sans précédent des émissions mondiales de gaz à effet de serre mondiales et d’efforts inégalés visant à bâtir des sociétés qui peuvent résister à l’augmentation des impacts climatiques. Le taux de progression actuel ne mènera pas à la réussite. Une des exigences prioritaires réside dans un changement beaucoup plus rapide et fondamental des modèles mondiaux et des incitatifs aux investissements, visant à s’éloigner de la production d’énergie, des infrastructures, de la pollution et de la gestion des déchets non durables. Toutes les mesures pour lutter contre le changement climatique font partie intégrante et sont inséparables du plan dans son ensemble. Le leadership et l’engagement de tous les gouvernements restent au cœur de la réussite. L’action climatique contribue directement à un meilleur bien-être pour les humains, inscrit dans les dix-sept objectifs de développement durable. Elle protège la vie et les moyens de subsistance, améliore la santé publique, crée de nouvelles industries et une agriculture durable, réduit les coûts pour les gouvernements, les entreprises et les citoyens et ouvre de nouvelles perspectives d’investissement rentable. L’action climatique est également cruciale pour éviter les crises existentielles qu’un changement climatique non maîtrisé présenterait à l’humanité. Les concentrations de gaz à effet de serre dans l’atmosphère continuent d’augmenter et les températures mondiales battent de nouveaux records tous les mois. Pour limiter le réchauffement mondial bien en dessous de 2°C et aussi près de 1,5°C que possible afin d’éviter de dangereux points de basculement dans le système climatique, les émissions mondiales doivent culminer au plus vite et baisser de...

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