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07-09-2015 Cop20 news

Manuel Pulgar-Vidal participates in Informal Ministerial Consultation to promote climate agreement for COP21

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Photos : F.de La Mure/MAEDI

The preparations continue in order to promote a new global climate agreement that will substitute the Kyoto Protocol starting in 2020. The Minister of the Environment and COP20 President, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, along with the representatives of another 53 countries, met in Paris on Sunday and Monday to participate in the fourth informal consultation that goes along the climate negotiation process at a political level.

“I am sure that we are on the right track and with dialogue and commitment we will reach our goal and we will move towards success”, stated Pulgar-Vidal during the informal conference’s opening.

The COP20 president observed that we are entering the final stage to reach the new climate agreement that is expected to be signed in December during the COP21 in Paris.

Furthermore, Pulgar-Vidal reminded that this is the right moment to talk about solutions that will avoid climate change consequences, but decisions have also to be taken to know how the planet will adapt to them.

In turn, the French Foreign Affairs Minister, Laurent Fabius, highlighted the importance of these informal gatherings on the way to Paris. “We all know that success in Paris has to be built with anticipation. We know that urgency creates the risk of not getting a balanced result. If we want to make a success and a turning point out of Paris, it is necessary to seize every chance,” said Fabius.

“We are on the right track, however the pace is still not good enough: with a year 2014 that was the hottest ever and a year 2015 that could beat that record, we are reminded of how urgent action is,” alerted the French representative.

This session, which takes place apart from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change  (CMNUCC) official negotiations focuses on climate policy funding, adaptation to this phenomenon’s consequences and technology transfer, through plenary sessions and work groups.

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