The Paris Climate Change Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals together represent nothing less
than a global strategy to prevent our planet’s temperature from reaching disastrous levels and to foster and
support resilient and sustainable, low-emissions development for everyone.
To this end, policies need to be set in place now, technologies developed, matured, commercialized and deployed
at scale, and practices and behaviors of economic actors need to move ever faster towards low-emission and
sustainable business and investment.
No one country, company, city, state or individual can do this alone.
That is why the Paris Agreement includes an effective engine of cooperation and coordination across national
and international efforts to raise the global climate response rapidly, linking economic activity, emissions and the
impacts of climate change in a coherent system of action.
The critical temperature goal—limiting the global rise as close as possible to 1.5°C and well below 2°C—reflects
not just a scientific reality but also a vision of the future we want, because it compels us to rethink the way
we produce, use and consume energy, how we manufacture and build, and how we manage our land and
Powered by the Agreement, effective climate leadership and implementation by countries, cities, states, business
and civil society continues to grow rapidly, and yet much greater scale and speed is now required.
This 2017 Summary for Policymakers shows that policy solutions already exist. The summary confronts the
challenges that policymakers face, while providing examples from around the world that show how these
challenges can be overcome.
I am struck by the clear message in this summary that coherence, coordination, and indeed integration across
national and international climate policy is critical. National policy sets the direction and tone of action, but
unless it both encourages and is informed by policy goals at the city, state and corporate levels the full impacts will
My thanks go to the Marrakesh Partnership for Global Climate Action for ensuring that this essential area of
effective policymaking is kept at the centre of attention.
I am sure it will help Fiji, as President of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference, in its objective to lead the
negotiations towards another significant milestone and to build a grand coalition of climate actors to fulfil the
goals of the Paris Agreement.
Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change