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04-02-2015 Cop20 news

Negotiators’ testimony: “Lima’s agreement stands out because of transparency”

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COP20 in Lima was a success, to a great extent, because of its transparent negotiations. The result was evident: the document “Lima Calls for Climate Action” was signed, and 195 countries committed to develop local strategies and actions to reduce their greenhouse effect gas emissions.

In this regard, the role played by the negotiators was undoubtedly crucial to reach this agreement’s approval. For this reason, we interviewed three of the negotiators on the Peruvian team and COP20’s Chair, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, to know their opinions on the agreement that was reached.

Miembros del equipo de negociadores del Perú, durante la COP20

Miembros del equipo de negociadores del Perú, durante la COP20

Rómulo Acurio, assistant representative of Peru for Climate Change and member of the Peruvian negotiating team, declared “the annex approved in Lima is very important because, for the first time, all the countries reached an agreement on at least two issues: the wide range of topics that might be part of the Agreement in 2015 and the main political options for all the core topics. This is a crucial starting point required in the negotiation.”

Ramiro Fernández, also a Peruvian negotiator, recognized “the final decision stands out because of its balance and writing creativeness that allows integrating concerns from developed countries, emerging economies, and the most vulnerable countries to climate change.”

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 Jorge Gastelumendi, member of the Peruvian team and international advisor on climate change at The Nature Conservancy, emphasized that the most important principle recognized in Lima’s agreement was that all countries have recognized their responsibility for mitigating climate change, a responsibility that is shared.

Finally, Minister of Environment and Chair of COP20, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, highlighted the capacity of the transparency approach implemented by the Presidency and the work done by the negotiators, who were able to have their voices heard despite the number of diverse interests (15 negotiating groups). “This way COP20 consolidated as the correct expression of teamwork,” he added.

It is necessary to take into account that the Peruvian negotiating team was made up by a group of over 30 professionals from different specialties, who could facilitate the preparation of the “Lima Calls for Climate Action” draft.

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