COP22 delegates adopt Marrakech action proclamation

Nkechiyere Itodo, Abuja

Delegates at the ongoing COP22 in Morocco have adopted the Marrakech Action Proclamation to signal a shift towards a new era of implementation and action on climate and sustainable development.

After two weeks of negotiations and consultations at the UN climate change summit, delegates representing countries from all over the world came to the conclusion that the climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented rate, hence, an urgent need for a global response.

Welcoming the Paris agreement adopted under the convention, its rapid entry into force with its ambitious goals and inclusive nature with a reflection of common equity, the stakeholders have affirmed collective commitment to its full implementation.

Citing the extraordinary and irreversible momentum on climate change worldwide, they said the immediate task is to rapidly move forward together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and foster adaptation efforts, thereby benefiting and supporting the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and its sustainable development Goals.

The stakeholders called for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority, saying that strong solidarity with those countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change as well as support efforts aimed to enhance their adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability were inevitable.

Meanwhile, the developed country parties reaffirmed their USD $100 billion mobilisation goal towards mitigation and urged all parties to strengthen and support efforts to eradicate poverty.

They aim to ensure food security and also take stringent action to deal with climate change challenges in agriculture.