Civil Society demands stronger leadership from the Peruvian Government during the Bonn Climate Change Conference
Friday, 6 June, 2014 - 18:05
They appeal to a real dialogue between authorities and civil society.
"The necessity of reducing the emissions caused by the extraction, production and consumption of energy induced by any human activity must be highlighted”. Even though the second series of intersessional meetings (June 4-15) started Wednesday in Bonn, Germany; doubt exists as to the commitments of industrialized countries to adopt concrete measures in order to reduce emissions by 2020.
On June 5 and 6, the Peruvian Minister of the Environment, Mr. Manuel Pulgar Vidal, co-chaired two in-session high-level ministerial events which are part of a great process of negotiation over the New Climate Agreement which should be signed during the COP21 in Paris. The first draft should be written in Lima during the COP20, making it a real key event.
The Peru COP20 Group - gathering of different Peruvian civil society organisations - demands a New Climate Agreement which shall be fair, ambitious and legally binding. In the meantime this group demands advances on both national and international Peruvian policies over climate. To reach this goal, they published an open letter to the Minister of the Environment and to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in which they made several recommendations. Roció Valdeavellano, the spokeswoman of the Peru COP20 Group declared that: “according to the IPCC warning, in order to avoid the global rise of the temperature by 2 degrees, the industrialized countries must present ambitious national mitigation objectives and reduce their emissions by 40 to 70% as soon.
The Peruvian civil society, represented by the Peru COP20 Group, also claims for fair, equitable and global efforts from every country, based on historic responsibility, capability to act and the emergency of the (climate) crisis. It implicates a quick transition to global low carbon energy , a reduction of the dependance and subsidies to fossil fuels with a diversification of the economy, if we want to save the future generations from an even more serious danger, insisted Mrs Valdeavellano.
It was also pointed in a open letter that in the Bonn Second Intersessional Meeting, that it must be a reduction in the extraction, production and energy production emission for all kind of human activities (like industry, transportation, agriculture, housing and deforestation). This implies “(...) a change in the individuals values of conduct in use today, that reinforce the inertia of the energy patron that we must abandon”. Rocio Valdeavellano highlighted the necessity of assure the financial resources in the amounts the industrialized countries committed, in order the most weakest countries can reduce the risk related with the climate events, both in adaptation as mitigation.
The Peru COP 20 Group hopes theirs proposal can be received during the intersessional meetings in Bonn and announces that they will continue developing an open dialog on the national and international agenda of Climate Change for the forthcoming COPs.
- During the series of meetings in Bonn, the Peruvian delegation would strengthen and cement its collaboration with international networks with a view to prepare the COP20 and COP21.
- The meeting between the representatives of civil society in Bonn will launch the campaign for the Climate Summit of Ban Ki-moon scheduled in September in New York.