16-12-2019

PAM addresses the High-Level segment of the COP 25 in Madrid

PAM addresses the High-Level segment of the COP 25 in Madrid

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean (PAM) actively participated and contributed to the 25th Conference of the Parties on Climate Change organized by the UNFCCC. 

The Conference, held under the Presidency of the Government of Chile, was hosted by the Kingdom of Spain, in Madrid, from 2 to 13 December. The event gathered 197 Parties and Observers States, and 1.232 Observer Organizations, reaching some 27.000 participants. 

The Conference is the most important event in 2019 to take stock of global actions implemented to mitigate climate change and to pave the way forward in the UN climate change process. 

The key objective of the COP25 was to complete the works of COP24, and render fully operative the Paris Agreement, signed in 2015. 

The conference included strategic work on climate action in areas such as, finance, transparency of climate action, forests and agriculture, technology, capacity building, loss and damage, indigenous peoples, cities, oceans and gender.

Hon. Alain Perea, France, PAM Vice-President and Rapporteur on Climate Change, Hon Pedro Roque, Portugal, PAM President Emeritus, and Sen. Aurel-Horea Soporan, Romania, represented PAM at the conference. 

On 10 December, Hon Alain Perea delivered the PAM statement at the COP25 High-level segment, session that gathered Heads of State and Government, ministers and representatives of Observer International Organizations.

Hon. Perea, in his speech, highlighted the alarming scientific evidence on the adverse impact of climate change, especially in the Mediterranean region, which is a climate hot-spot where temperature is raising 20% faster than the global average. The Mediterranean region has already reached an average increase of temperature at 1.6° Celsius above the pre-industrial period, and scientific projections put the foreseeable increase between 2.2° and 3.8° degrees in the close future.

“Concrete national legislations, policies and regulations, combined with regional and subnational actions”, he further stressed, “must be timely implemented in respect to the Paris Agreement, while Parliamentarians need to act as overseers of Government policies”.

On the margins of the COP, PAM delegates also attended the “Parliamentary Meeting on the occasion of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25)”, held at the Congress of Deputies Madrid, organised by the IPU and the Spanish Parliament. 

On the sides of the event, PAM delegates also engaged in a number of bilateral meetings, including with Spanish MPs. 

In spite of the high expectations, the State Parties failed to reach an agreement, and “the international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis” said the UN Secretary General, disappointed with the results of the event. PAM shares his concerns and will remain committed to the climate change issue. In particular, a report on the subject will be presented at the next Plenary Session to be held in Athens next February and a resolution calling for parliamentary action will be submitted for adoption. //

MEDIA INFORMATION: 47/2019

issued on 19/12/2019

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