Meeting with leading climate change campaigners
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The President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft met with leading civil society climate campaigners on the opening day of the UN Climate Change Conference COP21 in Paris today (Monday).
At the meeting, on the sidelines of the climate negotiations which has attracted more than 140 Heads of State and Government, Mr Lykketoft thanked the leaders of civil society organizations (CSOs) for their advocacy for a meaningful global climate change agreement and for sustainable development more broadly.
He encouraged them to follow on from COP 21 to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to bring their energy and voices to the UN General Assembly High Level Thematic Debate on SDG Implementation and Climate Action from 11-12 April 2016.
Attending the meeting were Ricken Patel, Founding President and Executive Director of Avaaz; Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace International and Senior Political Adviser Patricia Lerner; Antonio Hill, Executive Director of Global Call for Climate Action; May Boeve, Executive Director of 350.org; Ria Voorhaar, Communications Director for Climate Action Network.
The civil society leaders said that despite the cancellation of the planned climate march in Paris on Sunday (29 November), more than 780,000 people had marched for climate action in other major cities. Uniting the marchers was the call for governments to sign a universal climate change agreement and also a shared vision of a transition towards a 100 per cent clean energy future.