The 20th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 20) scheduled for December in Lima, Peru, is a golden opportunity to forge a new global climate pact, Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal said Friday.
The event is also intended to promote dialogue among nations on strategies to mitigate the global greenhouse effect, among others.
The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol will be held from 1 to 12 December. COP 20/CMP 10 will be hosted by the Government of Peru, in Lima, Peru.
At these events, Peru will have to do some very heavy lifting to ensure the delicate timetable of agreeing a new climate deal in Paris in 2015 is kept on track.
En route to COP20, Peru has the goal of producing a draft text in Lima to be decided in Paris at COP21 next year. The text should ensure the commitment of member countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The agreements that will be adopted at both of these events will be of utmost importance for the future of the planet and of humanity.
The pact will have to be ambitious, fair, equitable, and binding to be able, in record time, to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by no less than 50% based on the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities.
COP 20 will be a great opportunity to reveal to the world the urgency of protecting Mother Earth as a fundamental condition for life to be maintained.
Through dialogs at the Peoples’ Summit on Climate Change, countries will share initiatives, proposals, and experiences.
Attendees will also define and coordinate agendas, bring pressure to bear upon the decision makers at COP 20, and demand that the official negotiators take account of the world’s citizens and peoples.