To accelerate climate action and mark the role all actors play in combating climate change, today, 11th December, the Peruvian Government launched “Lima Climate Action Day” with a series of multi-stakeholder activities and declarations at COP20/CMP10.
During a high-level panel discussion, stakeholders from governments, UN bodies, civil society, the indigenous community, scientists and the private sector recognised the need to work together and show transformative leadership.
Speaking at the multi-stakeholder high-level dialogue, Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs of South Africa said: “The global community would do well, for the sake of future generations, to undertake ambitious climate actions”.
Looking towards a robust climate agreement in Paris in 2015, Tony deBrum, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, urged stakeholders to take all voices into account: “The Paris alliance must mobilise everyone inside and outside the negotiation room.”
“We have no other option but to acknowledge that climate action is not just an issue of national actions” added Christina Figueres, Executive Director of the UNFCCC.
During her closing remarks, Mary Robinson, welcomed the climate action dialogue: “This dialogue between state and non-state actors represents the discussions we need to have in the negotiation process – a dialogue between governments, local authorities, civil society, science, business, indigenous people, women and local communities about the realities of climate change and the readiness of climate solutions. “
She added: “We have to amplify these voices. We have the knowledge and the means to act. We are the generation that can make the difference.”
Lima Climate Action day continued with a number of panels and side events that showcased the variety of climate actions being undertaken by communities, municipalities, businesses and governments around the world.
The multi stakeholder high level dialogue involved Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General United Nations, and Mr. Ollanta Humala, President of Peru as well as ministers, local and sub-national governments, the private sector, indigenous peoples and civil society.