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31-08-2015 Cop20 news

Peruvian Presidency participates in the Inauguration of the Bonn Climate Change Conference

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Bonn, August 31-. The Peruvian Presidency participated in the Plenary Inauguration Session of the Bonn Climate Change Conference, hold from August 31 to September 4 in the German city, to make progress on the new universal climate agreement.

Antonio García, Alternate Representative for Climate Change, highlighted that we are in a historical moment, with the adoption of Sustainable Development Objectives in September and the COP21 of Paris in December.

“This year we have the opportunity and the obligation to align climate action objectives with sustainable development and eradication of poverty objectives”, indicated García.

Furthermore, the Peruvian representative highlighted the need to reach a climate agreement establishing long-term emission reduction objectives and relaunching the domestic and global adaptation action, through national contributions as well as technical and financial cooperation.

“Paris shall be universal, long-lasting, cooperative, supportive and express an appropriate political balance”, remarked García.

Last but not least, he thanked the Co-Presidents of the Ad-Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) for having proposed a new clearer working tool.

In July, the ADP Co-Presidents presented the negotiators a document to help them negotiate more efficiently based on the official text.

The document comprises the substantial content of the new Agreement, including mitigation, adaptation, financing, technology, capacity promotion and transparency in action measures and consolidates negotiation options within three coherent groups:  1. relevant items for the new legal agreement; 2. relevant items for the decisions that will accompany the agreement; 3. items which location still has to be decided by the governments.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and Laurence Tubiana, special French representative for the COP21, also participated during the opening ceremony.

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