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05-12-2015 Cop20 news

Minister of the Environment joins opening ceremony of Paris’s Action Day

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Paris, December 5, 2015.- A Action Day was first launched in the Lima 2014 COP20 started this morning at the Paris COP21 with the opening remarks by Laurent Fabius, President of COP21 and Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister of France; Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change; Janos Pasztor, Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Climate Change and Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Peru’s Minister of the Environment.

This first day concludes the first round of negotiations and seeks to encourage a higher level scale participation from both government and non-government actors involved in climate change. It also aims at recognizing initiatives underway and future commitments from all actors in their role to fight climate change as well as honoring their commitments to the Lima-Paris Action Agenda.  

‘Action means movement and change. At the Lima COP20 there were various actors and we decided then to organize a forum that we could all join. The best way to create action toward climate change is by recognizing the involved players, including from industry, the financial sector, civil society and indigenous communities’, said the Minister of the Environment, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal.

He added the objective is to create a ‘carbon-free and resilient economy’’, after remaining that plenary sessions like today’s before COP20 were reserved only to government sectors whereas today they provide a forum for experience and information sharing for all actors, which leads to a richer climate debate.

Laurent Fabius, COP21 president and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development of France, shared his optimism and trust that COP21 will reach positive conclusions for the world. ‘We are over 180 countries committed to take concrete action, and many of them will be related today at the Climate Action Day. I’m certain that at the end of the day we will know better about the importance of all these issues for our planet. However, action should not be just a one day thing, but something that happens throughout the entire year. I am persuaded that the initiative that started in Lima will not stop. This movement will continue in coming years. I am optimistic. At the end of COP21 we will have a good outcome’’, he said.

Likewise, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Janos Pasztor, Under Secretary General of the United Nations for Climate Change, underscored the fact that climate action agenda had become real now. ‘’In Lima we talked about an action-driven COP, and we are still on that track. We have created a virtuous circle’’, said Pasztor.

Figueres underscored that the Action Day’s Slogan: ‘We must, we can, we will”. ‘We must’, because science tells us there are few ways in which we can act effectively and also because there is a moral imperative. ‘We can’ because there are technologies already in place within our reach and ‘we will’ because there is a great will on the side of governments, companies, civil society that demonstrate there is the will to take advantage of the existing opportunity.      

The Action Day will take place in Le Bourget, official venue of the Paris COP21 that will bring together over 1300 stakeholders, governments, companies, cities and subnational entities as well as members of civil society and the media. Issues including vulnerability, risk prevention, forests, oceans, sustainable building, transportation, adaptation and resilience, energy efficiency and others will be addressed. The day’s work will close at 5:30 pm. French time, by Mr. François Hollande, president of France and Ban Ki-moon, the United Nations Secretary General.

 

 

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