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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 33 n° 18

Posts Tagged ‘Talks’

CEC Reacts to Lima talks: Climate change needs more decisive action

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 16 dicembre 2014

summit clima1The 20th session of the Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended last week in Lima, Peru. The nearly two-week gathering saw over 12, 000 international visitors, including government and UN agency representatives, descend on Lima for intensive dialogue aimed at assessing and addressing widespread global climate change.
An ecumenical team under the leadership of the World Council of Churches, including representatives from European churches, participated in these events. CEC and European Christian Environmental Network (ECEN) were represented in Lima through the work of this ecumenical team.The talks concluded with 195 countries agreeing to the Lima Call for Climate Action. The document paves way for a more definitive international climate agreement to be tabled at COP 21, which will be held in Paris in 2015. While United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hailed the Lima talks as paving meaningful way to COP 21 in Paris, the Conference of European Churches expresses deep ambiguity and frustration with the Lima outcomes. The Lima negotiations failed in their ambitious aims to restore trust in the UNFCCC process and facilitate progress towards a Paris agreement. Hopes for a robust and cohesive action out of Lima were high, yet participating governments left much undone in advance of the Paris talks. The decisions from Lima show a disheartening dilution of global commitment to addressing catastrophic climate change and an ongoing marginalisation of those most affected by climate change. At this juncture, CEC renews its commitment to be a unifying presence for the churches in Europe and beyond in delivering a meaningful, faith-based response to climate change. In reflecting on the Lima talks, CEC General Secretary Guy Liagre remarks, “We hope that the days and months leading to the Paris talks will see a strengthened and coordinated church response to the devastation of God’s good creation and the oppression of those made poor by climate change.” WCC delegation member Henrik Grape, Church of Sweden, echoes this sentiment, “Church presence at meetings of this kind is about underlining solidarity, justice, and equity.”Faith can be a great carrier of hope and source of courage in the work of transforming the world. “The CEC takes seriously its mission in working on climate justice, which our governing board reaffirmed just last week,” Liagre notes, “Our efforts will be intensified on the way to the COP meeting in Paris next year.”

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Greenpeace Experts at UN Climate Talks in Lima

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 novembre 2014

limaLima, 28 November 2014 – The announcement of the United States and China to cut emissions marks their notable joint action for the climate; industrial countries have pledged billions to the Green Climate Fund; countries like Denmark have set the course for 100% renewable energy – there is new movement in the climate debate. The momentum will likely resume on Monday when the UN climate talks kick off in Lima, Peru. The conference will have to negotiate on the key issues that will ensure an ambitious climate agreement to be signed in Paris in a year’s time.Heading to the summit, Greenpeace Head of International Climate Politics Martin Kaiser said:”For two decades, the seriousness of climate change has in no way been properly addressed by global decision makers. To secure our future, they must show their determination to act during this last round of negotiations before reaching a climate deal in Paris. Thus, the Conference of the Parties in Lima can be the turning point for international climate talks: Following the notable announcement from the United States and China, the stage is set for major emitting countries to increase their ambitions to move away from dirty fossil fuels and towards 100% renewable energy.””The United States and China must take bold actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions well past 2025 – thus encouraging other countries to also table ambitious targets in Lima.””The UN climate conference in Lima must drive strong national commitments to cut emissions, that will define the momentousness of the Paris Agreement in 2015. At the current pace, we will not achieve a stabilization of global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.””Communities around the world are feeling the catastrophic impacts of climate change. It is up to our governments to support those who are the most vulnerable and help them adapt to climate change. Far too long corporate polluters were given a free ride to exploit [the resources of] our earth, counting on the rest of us to foot the bill. We need change – and quickly.”Greenpeace Senior Climate and Energy Expert Li Shuo said:”New energy statistics suggest an absolute decline in China’s coal consumption thus far in 2014 — for the first time in decades.””“The end of China’s coal boom arrives at no better time. When enhancing their targets for carbon internationally and coal consumption domestically, the Chinese policy planners will need to translate the latest figures and great progress into their contribution to the climate talks.” Greenpeace Climate and Energy campaigner Mauro Fernandez said:”Climate change has become a fact of life for Latin Americans. The new climate reality is mainly caused by burning fossil fuels and deforestation, leading to more frequent floods and droughts. This crisis forces us to overcome our addiction to coal and oil by harnessing solar and wind power. Renewable energy will take us on the path to climate improvement and justice.”As an official observer to the UNFCCC, Greenpeace will have a broad team of climate and forest experts attending the 01 – 12 December meeting at Lima. They will be available to comment. Experts will be from the US, China, France, Germany, UK, India, Brasil, among others.

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