The executive director of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa has applauded the enthusiasm of young people as global climate submit progresses in Marrakech, Morocco.
“The role of the young people in this process has really been amazing,” she said, adding that many new commitments have also been made so far.
She thanked Salaheddine Mezouar for his tremendous leadership as president of COP22, while announcing that more than 90 countries have moved from Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to formal Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).
This transition, she went on, has happened in record time which confirms the world’s commitment to addressing climate change.
For his part, Mezouar, the president of COP22, disclosed that 105 parties have now deposited their instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement, constituting an important political signal in the fight against climate change.
He thus called on all the remaining parties to follow suit as soon as possible in order to keep up the momentum in climate actions.
The COP22 president spoke with a positive tone, saying “negotiations are going well and are exemplified by a highly inclusive and consultative process among all Parties.”
He underscored the positive actions taken by Civil Society in the lead up to and during COP22, pointing out the commitment and engagement of the youths, who participated in the Conference of Youth (COY12) in Marrakech from November 4 to 6 and who have been highly active in both the Blue and Green Zones during the first week of the COP.
Mezouar also alluded to the fact that progress is being made on the Paris Agreement rulebook and that important announcement would be made next week regarding capacity building for developing countries.
He underscored the importance of making headway during the UN Climate Conference especially on the question of climate finance, as it relates to matching bankable projects with climate funds and mobilising private sector finance to leverage public money.
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