Envoys from 190 countries gathered in Marrakech to tackle a crucial issue on climate change. The Marrakech Action Proclamation demands the supreme political pledge to combat global warming.
President-elect Donald Trump’s statement to “cancel” the Paris Agreement, stimulated the need for the meeting in Morocco. Furthermore, Trump threatened to terminate the financial funding for the international climate action.
The advocates of the treaty gathered to display concrete unity in discussing the accord on the issue.
The Marrakech Action Proclamation oversees 197 countries affirm their stand that the planet is warming in a rapidly constant scale.
In the Proclamation it states that every country holds an “urgent duty to respond”. The document states that for the year 2016 alone, the world experienced an “extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide, and in many multilateral fora.”
It describes the current situation as irreversible momentum. Also, the government is not the factor which runs the plant. The responsibility also carried out “by science, business and global action of all types at all levels.
Furthermore the duty of each country, “is to rapidly build on that momentum, together, moving forward purposefully to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to foster adaptation efforts.”
Countries pledged to conform to the current plans to preserve the biosphere from reaching grave warming levels. The proclamation now aims to create urgent desires on cutting carbon emissions.
The Campaign group Christian Aid representative, Mohammed Adow believes that It’s rare” for so many world leaders to unite. More so, “to make a public declaration on any policy subject”.
He also said, “This demonstrates just what a global consensus there now is around climate change and underlines the determination of world leaders that they will not let the election of Donald Trump hijack the important work being done to secure the safe future of our planet.”
On the other hand, the document did not state the US or Trump, even so, the statement made clear enough on the explicit message it conveys.
The unity displayed at the meeting shows how the international community feels regarding the Trump’s opinion about the treaty.
Liz Gallagher of E3G climate think-tank said, “It just goes to show how serious countries are about getting on with their climate action plans in order to protect their economies and their people.” She added that “It was a touching moment of solidarity after a bruising week.”
However, Trump’s reaction to the climate change meeting is left to be seen.
Marrakech Action Proclamation
We, Heads of State, Government, and Delegations, gathered in Marrakech, on African soil, for the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the 12thSession of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, and the 1st Session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement, at the gracious invitation of His Majesty the King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, issue this proclamation to signal a shift towards a new era of implementation and action on climate and sustainable development.
Our climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented rate and we have an urgent duty to respond.
We welcome the Paris Agreement, adopted under the Convention, its rapid entry into force, with its ambitious goals, its inclusive nature and its reflection of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in the light of different national circumstances, and we affirm our commitment to its full implementation.
Indeed, this year, we have seen extraordinary momentum on climate change worldwide, and in many multilateral fora. This momentum is irreversible – it is being driven not only by governments, but by science, business and global action of all types at all levels.
Our task now is to rapidly build on that momentum, together, moving forward purposefully to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to foster adaptation efforts, thereby benefiting and supporting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.
We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority.
We call for strong solidarity with those countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and underscore the need to support efforts aimed to enhance their adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability.
We call for all Parties to strengthen and support efforts to eradicate poverty, ensure food security and to take stringent action to deal with climate change challenges in agriculture.
We call for urgently raising ambition and strengthening cooperation amongst ourselves to close the gap between current emissions trajectories and the pathway needed to meet the long-term temperature goals of the Paris Agreement.
We call for an increase in the volume, flow and access to finance for climate projects, alongside improved capacity and technology, including from developed to developing countries.
We, the Developed Country Parties, reaffirm our USD $100 billion mobilization goal.
We, unanimously, call for further climate action and support, well in advance of 2020, taking into account the specific needs and special circumstances of developing countries, the least developed countries and those particularly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change.
We, who are Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, encourage the ratification of the Doha Amendment.
We, collectively, call on all non-state actors to join us for immediate and ambitious action and mobilization, building on their important achievements, noting the many initiatives and the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action itself, launched in Marrakech.
The transition in our economies required to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement provides a substantial positive opportunity for increased prosperity and sustainable development.
The Marrakech Conference marks an important inflection point in our commitment to bring together the whole international community to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time.
As we now turn towards implementation and action, we reiterate our resolve to inspire solidarity, hope and opportunity for current and future generations.