No backtracking on Climate Change says UN Climate Chief

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive secretary, Christiana Figueres, says world leaders should not backtrack towards reaching an effective climate change agreement in Paris.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive secretary, Christiana Figueres, says world leaders should not backtrack towards reaching an effective climate change agreement in Paris. 

Figueres while addressing the Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin Germany said scientists have clearly indicated that Climate change is occurring in almost each country around.  The findings science is enough to call for concrete action to respond climate change.

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.The Sixth Petersberg Climate Dialogue was held to make preparations for the Paris Climate Change Conference to be held later this  year.

Ministers from 36 counties attended the dialogue held in Germany. The discussed some of the core elements intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs); the role of climate finance; the form a set of rules "anchored in the prosed Paris Climate Change agreement 2015.

Figueres asked world leaders not to repeat similar to the 2009 climate change conference in Copenhagen Denmark to hammer out an agreement for tackling Climate change.

She suggested that leaders should agree on what she called a non-punitive agreement that calls on both the big carbon dioxide emitters and the developing countries in response to Climate change.

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She says while all countries will be required to contribute towards reducing carbon emissions, countries now facing impacts of global warming should through the Paris Agreement be provided with what is required for them to adapt to adverse effects of climate change.

Meanwhile French President, François Hollande, whose country will host the December Paris Climate Change Conference  noted with concern that only 37 countries had so far submitted the Climate Change commitment  plans also known as Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).  

The Ministers in a joint statement issued at the end of the dialogue said they support  an "ambitious, comprehensive and binding UN climate agreement" in Paris with a goal of limiting global temperature increase to below 2°C; and a "fundamental shift" of investments into low-carbon infrastructure, technologies and climate-friendly land use.

Since the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in 1992, 196 Parties to the convention have had the intention to put in place an effective international climate agreement.

The Kyoto Protocol (1997) was only a very limited in the sense that only developed countries committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

For the last couple of years the parties to the UNFCCC have therefore started negotiating a post-Kyoto legal framework, to be implemented from 2020 onwards.

The goal is to agree on an effective and legally binding agreement at the next Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, December 2015


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Peter Labeja
Peter Labeja has been a practicing journalist for the last 13 years during which he has covered part of the brutal conflict which bedeviled Northern Uganda as well as the painful transition to Peace thereafter. Emerging post conflict issues such as land rights of under privileged widows and orphans, challenges of access to social services in the immediate aftermath of Lord’s Resistance Army conflict in Northern Uganda.

Labeja is now the Northern Uganda Bureau chief in Acholi Sub Region since 2014 - Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya and Omoro districts as well as South Sudan falls within his areas of jurisdiction. He previously worked with The Vision Group for four years.

Labeja’s major career interests are in Climate Change; Agriculture and Environment - natural resources such as Water, Oil and Gas; Transitional Justice; Human Rights, Democracy and Governance as well as South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis. In 2013, Labeja was awarded a prestigious Pan African Journalism Award for excellence in journalism at United Nation’s UNEP headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya for Climate Change and Health Reporting.