Tuesday, November 08, 2016

UN climate talks open in Morocco to press for cohesive action

The 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) kicks off on Monday.

At the opening ceremony of the COP22 held Monday in Marrakech, COP21 president Segolene Royal handed over the presidency to Morocco's Foreign Affairs Minister Salaheddine Mezouar.

In her remarks to the participants, Segolene Royal championed the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on November 4 and praised the close coordination between France and Morocco over the past year in the lead up to COP22.

"The rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement is unprecedented and sends a powerful signal of world's commitment to combatting climate change," the COP21 President said.

Mezouar called on all participants to commit to concrete climate initiatives and actions to support the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change especially in Africa, least developed and small island developing states.

He reiterated the importance of accelerating climate finance, innovation, transfer and capacity building to create the low-carbon economy the planet needs to stay below the 2 degree Celsius mark of global warming.

He noted that an historic first meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement will take place on November 15.

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