Global Climate Action
“Success on climate action requires deep collaboration by a broad coalition of stakeholders. We all have a role to play. If we are not part of the solution, we are part of the problem. And frankly, my country and many others of the most vulnerable parts of the planet cannot afford for anyone to remain part of the problem.” -Minister Inia Seruiratu, High-Level Climate Champion
The Paris Climate Agreement emphasises the urgent need to accelerate climate action in order to achieve the global target to keep global temperatures well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C. The Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) further recognises that in order to achieve this goal, the participation of both Parties and non-Parties, and voluntary contributions from stakeholders outside of the formal UNFCCC processes, will be needed.
To establish a durable connection between the UNFCCC process and the many voluntary and collaborative actions, the COP in 2015 decided that two High-Level Champions (from France and Morocco) would be appointed to facilitate this partnership with the ultimate objective to accelerate climate action. This agenda has continued to move full speed ahead and the current High-Level Champion is Hon. Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, and National Disaster Management (from the incoming Fijian COP23 Presidency).
The High-Level Champions will amongst other tasks:
- engage with all stakeholders and voluntary launch initiatives to increase their ambition, transparency and alignment with the objective of the Convention, aims of the Paris Agreement and SDGs;
- engage with stakeholders making or considering voluntary action and promote best practices and voluntary initiatives that have the greatest impact;
- actively encourage participation from cities, regions, companies and investors that have not yet made commitments to take ambitious climate action, as well as facilitate greater participation from non-Party stakeholders in developing countries;
- facilitate support from relevant institutions such as bilateral or multilateral agencies to enhance implementation; and
- provide guidance on the UNFCCC Technical Examination Processes (TEPs) to assist alignment with specific policy options, barriers and priorities being identified through the operation of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action.
The Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action provides the working framework for the high-level champions. The Marrakech Partnership organises actions across seven thematic areas, namely – land use (agriculture, forestry and other land use), water, oceans and coastal zones, energy, industry, human settlements and transport.
Over the course of the Bonn Climate Change Conference in May 2017, the High Level Climate Champions held consultations with Parties, constituted bodies and observers on their proposed approach (“Approach for the Marrakech Partnership“) and draft work programme. These consultations were extremely valuable and we appreciate the constructive feedback that delegates have given, their willingness to engage and the support they have expressed to the overall approach. Based on the consultations, it is clear that the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action is a valuable tool for both Parties and non-Party stakeholders for building collaboration, enhancing constructive dialogue and collectively driving ambitious climate action.
Global Climate Action at COP23
In the Bonn Zone at the upcoming COP23 event in Bonn, Germany, the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (GCA) is hosting a five-day programme of events, which will demonstrate how cities, regions, businesses, and investors are working, in partnership with governments, to implement the Paris Agreement.
There are over 100 events in total, covering a range of formats, including plenary events, roundtable discussions, press conferences, and digital dialogues for broadcast on Facebook Live.
Yearbook of Global Climate Action 2017
The COP23 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions, led by the Honourable Inia Seruiratu, published the first-ever Yearbook of Global Climate Action under the Marrakesh Partnership, a key priority for Fiji’s COP23 Presidency focused on building a Grand Coalition of enhanced constructive dialogue between stakeholders, and collectively driven ambitious climate action.
The Yearbook informs Parties about what has been achieved during 2017, and highlights how pre-2020 ambitions can be accelerated.
To realise the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement, the world must go further and faster in delivering climate action before 2020. To achieve this, adequate flows of finance, technology, and capacity building must be enabled.
The Yearbook outlines aligning climate action closely with the Paris Agreement, closing the gap in emission reductions, making action transparent, spreading action to Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Africa, and investing in transformative initiatives.
The COP in 2015 decided that two High-Level Champions, then from France and Morocco, would be appointed to facilitate the partnership between the UNFCCC process and voluntary and collaborative actions with the ultimate objective to accelerate climate action.
Under the current High-Level Climate Champion, the agenda has been continued full speed ahead during the COP23 conference in Bonn, Germany.
Climate Action Pacific Partnership Event
The inaugural Climate Action Pacific Partnership (CAPP) event was held on 3 and 4 July at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji. The event was organised in recognition of the need to support and strengthen the participation of Pacific Small Island Developing Sates (P-SIDS) in the global climate action agenda. The CAPP event brought together relevant stakeholders to promote the exchange of ideas, innovations, and solutions. It helped drive transformative outcomes and initiatives to boost climate action in the Pacific, and inspire urgently needed increases in ambition and action elsewhere. The CAPP event is part of a program of activities of the High Level Champions appointed under the Paris Agreement, hosted by Fiji’s High Level Champion, Minister Seruiratu. The agenda featured interactive sessions with contributions from Pacific leaders, civil society and the private sector.
Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action
Approach for the Marrakech