04/12/18

“We will build the vision of tomorrow for net-zero emission world and resilient societies” – Climate Champion’s Remarks at the GCA High-Level Event

Excellencies; Ladies and Gentlemen

Every time I come to an event like this I am reminded anew what an inspiration it has been to be high-level champion.

Yesterday, when strolling past the pavilions, I was impressed by the hive of activities already taking place.

The energy in the pavilions reflect eagerness to share information and to discuss new innovations – all with the clear message on the need to take urgent climate action.

This message for urgent action has been the message throughout 2018 – coming from all stakeholders, across all regions, but most especially from us in vulnerable regions and small island developing states.

This need for urgent climate action is reinforced by the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees. The report emphasises the need for deep emission cuts in all sectors and highlights the important role that all stakeholders play in this undertaking.

We have been hearing about progress on a range of practical solutions that are in existence and these serve to not only tackle climate change, but also help meet a range of Sustainable Development Goals.

I’d like to highlight three areas in particular, which we have advanced in 2018.

Firstly, the Marrakech Partnership has continued to play a strong role in helping mobilise urgent action.

The Partnership provides a platform to showcase success, such as the new commitment on finance that we heard about in this event and which we hope to hear much more during the next days in the action events.

The Partnership also brings the power of partnerships and collaborative action among non-Party stakeholder and also with Parties.

Secondly, very practical work is being carried out in various fora to identify climate solutions and to ensure that they are implemented widely. The global South was specifically targeted for these fora.

This year we held three very successful regional climate weeks in Nairobi, Singapore and Montevideo bringing in expertise from non-Party stakeholders across the globe and providing a platform for open discourse among Party and non-Party Stakeholders.

And this year was special with the Talanoa Dialogue being carried out across all regions. These regional weeks saw active engagement of non-Party stakeholders in talanoa and talanoa sessions were also successfully organised by various organisations across the world.

I was humbled to witness how the talanoa concept of inclusiveness and constructive dialogue was embraced by all stakeholders.

Together with the regional weeks, the Technical Examination Process provided recommendations for policymakers to help increase the speed of action, such as opportunities that come from integration between businesses, stakeholders and governments and, in particular, local communities and vulnerable groups into adaptation planning, and the use of data and information about the impacts of climate change, as the new power for future economies.

This array of valuable information and inspiring achievements have been fed into the Talanoa Dialogue. I would like to acknowledge the many different non-Party Stakeholders who have contributed to the Talanoa Dialogue and thus enriching the process with your many different perspectives and success stories.

Finally, NAZCA, the Global Climate Action Portal, has been revamped and launched at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.

The portal provides visibility of climate commitments from many thousands of cities, regions and businesses, ranging from individual commitments from companies like Dalmia Cement to co-operative initiatives.

I hope the Global Climate Action Portal provides the place in which the progress of non-Party stakeholder action can be reported. I would therefore encourage all of you taking action to report your progress there and be an inspiration to others.

We will build the vision of tomorrow for net-zero emission world and resilient societies.

Vinaka vakalevu. Dziękuję (jen-KOO-yeh). Thank you!