Climate Champions Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for Climate Change, and Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate in charge of the Environment to the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment of Morocco, have released a global climate action agenda to boost cooperative action among governments, cities, businesses, investors and citizens to reduce emissions and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts.
7 June 2016: Climate Champions Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for Climate Change, and Hakima El Haité, Minister Delegate in charge of the Environment to the Ministry of Energy, Mines, Water and the Environment of Morocco, have released a global climate action agenda to boost cooperative action among governments, cities, businesses, investors and citizens to reduce emissions and help vulnerable countries adapt to climate impacts.
According to the UNFCCC, the global climate action agenda aims to support early and effective implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change. The two champions have also released a roadmap for the agenda and launched a consultative process to seek views of governments and other stakeholders on their vision. The agenda also features a calendar of events to be held ahead of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, which is scheduled to take place in Marrakesh, Morocco, in November 2016.
The tasks of the two ‘champions’ listed in the agenda include: acting as an interface between action on the ground and the UNFCCC negotiation process, and between all stakeholders; connecting initiatives and coalitions with national action plans, such as nationally determined contributions (NDCs); tracking implementation of existing initiatives to demonstrate credibility, promote best practices and enhance delivery; building on existing initiatives and supporting new and more geographically diverse initiatives, including those from developing countries and non-governmental stakeholders; furthering the voluntary initiatives of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA); providing guidance to the Secretariat on the organization of technical expert meetings (TEMs); working with the Executive Secretary and the current and incoming COP Presidents to coordinate annual high-level events; and presenting a joint report on climate action and on the roadmap’s implementation at COP 22.
Tubiana and El Haité also invited submissions on their roadmap in order to consult widely with all stakeholders on how to best work together to accelerate climate action. More specifically, they request views on: the current state of play of climate action, including on enhanced pre-2020 action; the role of the high-level champions and additional action they can take; transparency and tracking, including the role of the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action (NAZCA); the high-level event at COP 22 on voluntary efforts, initiatives and coalitions; and the role of the technical expert meetings (TEMs), and how to ensure they are more solution-oriented. Views are to be submitted by 1 August 2016, and the Secretariat is to post the submissions on the UNFCCC website. [Global Climate Action Agenda and Detailed Roadmap] [Roadmap for Climate Action] [Invitation for Submissions]