Back to negotiations, countries must not just bask in the Paris glory

Five months after the Paris Agreement was adopted, countries gathered in Bonn for another round of negotiations, which ends today with governments still determined to keep the positive ‘Paris spirit’ alive.

“Governments and their negotiators have been generally positive and constructive, which is key in these inter-governmental engagements. We believe that the spirit of collaboration and compromise, which largely led to the establishment of the Paris Agreement last year must be maintained to enable greater collaborative efforts towards the implementation of this new climate regime,” says Floris Faber, ACT Alliance EU Director.

Throughout the nearly two weeks of negotiations, governments grappled with the agenda, the methods of working, and putting in place procedures and modalities for taking the Paris Agreement into full throttle. Time taken to equitably reflect on the Paris outcome to achieve a balanced agenda and set the pace for future negotiations was necessary and useful.

“With greater impacts of climate change affecting communities throughout the world, and particularly those in developing countries, it is now even more evident that climate action must be both swift and adequate,” adds Faber.

The Bonn negotiations have therefore given a positive signal for this year’s negotiations, COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco. Governments are expected to do their homework before COP22 to ensure that the Paris Agreement and the related decisions made last years are implemented in an ambitious manner.

“The Marrakech summit must be a COP of action. Many scientific studies show that global warming of 1.5C will be reached by 2021. This year’s conference must push for drastic improvements on mitigation, resilience and finance targets and action for the next 5 years. The more we wait to transform our lives, the worse and costly the situation will become,” says Faber.

ACT Alliance EU together with the global ACT Alliance calls for climate justice and actions for deep reduction of greenhouse gas emission, support for the adaptation of vulnerable communities and actions to address loss and damage resulting from climate change.