Climate Change Conference Begins in Morocco

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(Last Updated On: 2016-11-07)

Nahimat Adekoga


The United Nations Member States are set to meet in Morocco for the Marrakesh Conference on climate change, which begins today Monday, 7 November; three days after the Paris Agreement came into force.

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCCC is scheduled to take place from 7 to 18 November 2016.

The member states will be discussing issues on climate change and how to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change.

“Our challenge is to sustain the momentum that has propelled the Agreement into force,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told newsmen at UN Headquarters in New York,

UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa said that the UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech is the crucial next step for governments looking to operationalize the Paris Climate Change Agreement adopted last year.

Espinosa said parties hope to define the rules for the accord and to lay out a viable plan for providing at least $100 billion a year to developing countries to support climate action before the meeting wraps up on 18 November.

With the entry into force of the Agreement just before the Conference, “the dialogue and decisions in Marrakech hold immense potential to accelerate and amplify the immediate response to the challenge recognized in the Paris Agreement. This meeting is therefore incredibly important,” Ms. Espinosa explained.

She urged world’s governments to work together in the same spirit that produced such success over recent years. “I also encourage leaders of public and private sectors and every citizen to follow the Marrakech Conference proceedings to further understand how you can take action and contribute to the mounting momentum to meet the interlinked global challenges of climate change and sustainable development,” she added.

The President-Designate of the Conference, Salaheddine Mezouar, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco, said: “Marrakesh will be the COP of inflexion. Besides moving forward on major negotiation areas, action is taking more space and creating a tangible bridge between our vision for a brighter future and the implementation of concrete climate responsible projects on the ground.”

The 22nd Conference of Paris (COP 22) will include a number of meetings and high-level events, including the high-level segment to be attended by dozens of chiefs of State and Government, on Tuesday 15 November.

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Other events include the facilitative dialogue on enhancing ambition and support, the ministerial high-level dialogue on climate finance, and the high-level event on enhancing climate action. Side events are also scheduled and a number of them are clustered around thematic days, including Africa Day, Climate Justice Day, Education Day, Gender Day, Farmers, Day, and Young and Future Generations Day.


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