The current and incoming Presidents of the UN climate change negotiations today called the key objectives of the Lima to Paris Action Agenda  an essential collaboration of cities, regions, companies, investors and national governments to increase global ambition to act on climate change.

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda  was launched at the Lima Climate Conference in Lima last December with the aim of accelerating the growing engagement of all parts of society in climate action and to build concrete, ambitious and lasting cooperative initiatives ahead of this year’s Paris conference, where governments will reach a new, universal climate change agreement.

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda is a joint undertaking of the Peruvian and French COP Presidencies, the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the UNFCCC Secretariat. Today’s event included a video message from the Lima COP President, Minister of the Environment Pulgar Vidal of Peru and was attended by the incoming Paris COP President, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius of France. The event also included  Janos Pasztor, UN Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.

Potential of Action Agenda to Drive Climate Action Forward

The new Action Agenda is pushing for new initiatives that will help reduce emissions and promote climate adaptation.  To get involved visit the LPAA website.

Minister Vidal indicated that the Agenda could become some kind of a permanent mechanism of dialogue as it was important to have both state and non-state actors around the same table.

Minister Fabius said that the LPAA would lend the Paris agreement even greater credibility as it could demonstrate concrete action towards the transformation towards a climate neutral world. He also explained that is was vitally important that those who act also support the political agreement as everybody needs to be on board to achieve the needed results.

He said that better, cheaper and faster action could be achieved through this kind of cooperation but stressed that the Action Agenda does not replace actions that need to be taken by governments.

Groundswell of Non-State Climate Action

Companies and investors across the world are increasingly recognizing that solutions to climate change are not only necessary to maintain a sustainable future but offer immediate opportunities to create new, profitable businesses and investment opportunities.

Companies, cities, regions and investors can now directly register their bold climate action commitments on a new and revamped online platform as part of the growing ambition towards the UN’s climate conference in Paris. The NAZCA portal showcases inspiring initiatives, including those under the LPAA. The agenda is designed to catalyze public and private sector action on climate change both before and after 2020, the date when the universal climate agreement which governments will reach in Paris comes into effect.

At the event, Janos Pasztor said Lima-Paris Action Agenda would provide enhanced support to existing initiatives, such as those launched during UN Sceretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit, last September.

Pazstor also said that the Business and Climate Summit, held in Paris on 20 and 21 May, showed a tectonic shift in that there was now a growing consensus among business leaders and investors that action on climate change was good for humanity, good for the economy and good for the future. As a result, it was important to embed this growing momentum and increased action in the Paris climate agreement.

Christiana Figueres applauded the initiative,  and stated that the amount of action by non-state actors around the world represents a breakthrough. She invited non-state initiatives to join the LPAA and expressed confidence that the LPAA would spark a surge in further actions by non-state actors.