States proclaim "new era of implementation and action" on climate

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Salaheddine Mezouar. Photo: UNFCCC

Governments and delegations assembled at the COP22 climate conference have proclaimed a "new era of implementation and action" over climate change.

The Marrakech Action Proclamation, issued on the final day of the summit in Morocco, said that the international community had an "urgent duty to respond" to a warming planet, in order to keep temperature rises well below two degrees Celsius.

Matthew Wells reports.

The proclamation, agreed by Heads of State, Government and all the delegations gathered at COP22, said that there had been "extraordinary momentum" on tackling climate change worldwide.

"This momentum is irreversible" it declares, adding that "it is being driven not only by governments but by science, business and global action of all types and at all levels."

It calls on all parties to "rapidly build" on that momentum to foster adaption to change, for the sake of the over-arching 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed just over a year ago.

Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar served as President of COP 22. Speaking at the final press conference, he summed up the proclamation's main message; his words are spoken by an interpreter.

"It was a real synthesis, but also a reassertion of the commitment of the international community for this fight against climate change. It is also confirmation that the priority should be given to action and to implementation. The interest should be dedicated to the most vulnerable countries and developing countries."

On the final day of the conference, a group of more than 45 countries which had come together as the Climate Vulnerable Forum, announced their own action agenda, to implement the Paris Agreement and aim towards maintaining a target of just 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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