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Commentary: Govts. must work to scale-up climate investments at Marrakech, says UNFCCC executive secretary & President of COP22

Author: Patricia Espinosa, UNFCCC Executive Secretary & Salaheddine Mezouar, President of COP22 and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Morocco, Published on: 4 November 2016

"Paris Enters into Force – Celebration and Reality Check," 4 Nov 2016

…The Paris Climate Change Agreement…came into force today…In a short time…we need to see unprecedented reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and unequalled efforts to build societies that can resist rising climate impacts. The timetable is pressing because globally greenhouse gas emissions…are not yet falling – a fact which the Marrakech meeting must have at the front of its concerns and collective resolve…Our collective ability to enact rapid change has changed for good because of the Paris Agreement, and particularly for the following reasons:

  • In Paris, Governments formally accepted to lead climate action…
  • Within a few short years…governments and parties will have completed the details of a rulebook which will measure, account for and review global climate action…
  • …Governments agreed to strengthen adequate technology and financial support to developing nations…
  • …[N]on-party stakeholders are showing increased interest and commitment to lowering the carbon emissions…

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