COP22 Meets Targets, Exceeds Expectations (Conference Presidency)
Marrakech, 17/11/2016 (MAP) – The COP22, which runs until November 18th in Marrakech, met targets and exceeded expectations, said Thursday president of the COP, Salaheddine Mezouar.
“This COP is different from all those that preceded it and a demonstration of commitment at all levels, as confirmed by the presence of more than 70 Heads of State and Government” at the High Level segment of this global event, said Mezouar following a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
He also welcomed the commitment of non-state actors and the “achievements” made since the entry into force of the Paris Agreement.
Mezouar said that the Conference “marks a turning point in the implementation of the international community’s commitments and in the mobilization of initiatives”.
The Moroccan presidency will continue, throughout the next year, its work in favor of mobilizing and facilitating access to finance to help implement projects, he affirmed.
The COP22 is meant to operationalize the Paris Agreement, which entered into force on November 4 and accelerate action before 2020 to reduce the impact of climate change, while respecting the human rights set out in the agreement.
It is an opportunity to address several themes related to agriculture, food security, energy, forests, industry, transport and water.