Heads of State and ministers need to make bold commitments to honor spirit of Paris

15 November 2016, Marrakech: As Heads of State and Ministers arrive in Marrakech for high-level dialogues on climate finance, Jennifer Morgan, International Executive Director, Greenpeace International said: "This is the generation that will end fossil fuels and the Heads of State meeting in Marrakech this week need to ramp up ambition and align goals to honor commitments made in Paris. There is reason to feel optimistic- the APA has set the process for the rulebook on the Paris Agreement, carbon emissions have  stayed flat for three years, and countries are recongnsing that shifting to 100% renewables  is the way forward. For instance, Brazil will veto a coal deal in their congress and stop funding coal. But much more needs to be done to raise pre-2020 ambition. Ministers need to state how they are going to bank on progress made and state this is a priority for their people, to help the most vulnerable impacted by climate change."  

Negotiators also concluded a review on loss and damage late on Monday night. Speaking on this Sven Harmeling, Climate Change Advocacy Coordinator, CARE International said: “We welcome that governments here remembered the spirit of Paris and overcame divergent positions on loss and damage. It is absolutely timely to step up the work of the Warsaw International Mechanism on loss and damage and to enhance action and support. Now it is central to progress on finance provided by developed countries, start the work of the task force on climate displacement and deliver concrete solutions for those countries and communities most affected.” 

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