Meet the Champions

At the COP 21 United Nations climate change conference in Paris, governments agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action is urgently required to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. To connect the work of governments with the many voluntary and collaborative actions taken by cities, regions, businesses and investors, nations decided to appoint two high-level champions.

The champions will focus work on two crucial areas:

  1. Engage with interested Parties and non-Party stakeholders– This work will build on existing initiatives and support new and more geographically diverse initiatives. Focus will be placed on connecting initiatives and coalitions with national action plans such as nationally determined contributions (NDCs)to the Paris Agreement. This should bring more transparency, help with tracking results and lend demonstrable credibility to climate action.
  2. Provide guidance to the secretariat – Input from the champions efforts to mobilize action will help the secretariat organize technical expert meetings and, in collaboration with the Executive Secretary and the current and incoming Presidents of the Conference of the Parties, coordinate annual high-level events to spur even greater ambition and action.

Current Champions

High-Level Champion of Poland: Special Envoy Tomasz Chruszczow

Tomasz Chruszczow is the Special Envoy for Climate Change from the Ministry of Environment in Poland. He was previously the Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Implementation and the Head of the Polish delegation to the international climate change negotiations. In 2011, during the Polish Presidency of the EU Council, Mr. Chruszczow served as the President of the Working Party for International Environmental Issues and Chair of the EU delegation to the climate negotiations.

High-Level Champion of Chile:

The nomination of the High-Level Champion of Chile is currently under consideration by the incoming COP 25 Presidency and will be communicated in due course. 


Third Champions

The High-Level Champions who served in 2018 were Minister Inia Seruiratu, Fijian Minister for Defense and National Security and M. Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change from the Ministry of Environment in Poland.

Main Achievements in 2018:

Regional Climate Weeks: They were used by the Champions to have regionally-relevant discussions, with the ambition of increasing climate action and getting more stakeholders from the region involved. In 2018, the Champions and Marrakech Partnership (MP) stakeholders participated in three regional Climate Weeks: Africa: Nairobi, Kenya in April; Asia-Pacific: Singapore in July; and Latin America and the Caribbean, Montevideo: Uruguay in August.

Talanoa Dialogue: The Champions supported and encouraged the participation of NPS, facilitated the selection of participants in accordance with criteria defined by the Presidencies to ensure gender, regional and sectoral balance. Throughout the year, the Champions provided guidance to ensure the participation of NPS in the Talanoa process was effective, including on how to tell impactful stories, make effective submissions to the platform and encouraging national governments and non-Party stakeholders to convene regional Talanoas.

Yearbook of Climate Action 2018: It was published on the 20 November 2018, highlights trends and provides information regarding the state of climate action. The yearbook can be found here.

Global Climate Action portal (or NAZCA): It was revamped and relaunched on 14 September 2018 at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The portal shows evidence of the momentum in Global Climate Action through a new map-based interface, easy identifies the locations of engaged stakeholders. The total numbers of stakeholders increased by ~ 60% and commitments by approximately ~ 40%. There was clear growth in regional participation with the number of stakeholders in Asia-Pacific, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean increasing by ~30%, 20% and 20 % respectively.

Technical Examination Process (TEP): Key messages have been included in the Summary for Policy Makers.

Communications and collaboration tools: To facilitate and enhance communication with and between Parties and NPS, the following initiatives were taken forward:

  • An on-line platform for registered MP stakeholders to share information and work together,
  • Periodic newsletters to inform the climate action community of the latest news and developments from the Champions
  • Mobilizing Parties’ participation in MP planning meetings and events

Further information: Letter from the High-Level Champions of Global Climate Action.


Second Champions

The second champions, who served in 2017, were Ms. Hakima El Haite, Special Envoy for Climate Change Kingdom of Morocco and Mr. Inia B. Seruiratu Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management, Republic of Fiji.

On 4 May 2017, the champions published a proposed approach, draft work programme (739 kB) and an impact and priority tracker (789 kB) . During SB46, the champions consulted with Parties and observers on these documents. Based on these consultations, the champions revised and published their approach for the Marrakech Partnership (347 kB).=


First Champions

The first champions served in 2016 and were Ms. Laurence Tubiana, French Ambassador for climate change and Ms. Hakima El Haite, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Energy, Mines, Water and Environment of Morocco, in charge of the Environment.

In June 2016, the first champions published a roadmap for global climate action in which they described their tasks. In addition, the champions launched a consultation among Parties and non-Parties on their road map allowing for written submissions. They posed five questions to guide the submissions regarding the understanding of the landscape for global climate action; the role of the champions; the tracking and showcasing initiatives, the high-level event and the role of the TEMS.

The road map and the submissions received were discussed with Parties and non-Party stakeholders at different meetings: the Alliances and Coalitions Global Forum in Rabat (June), the Climate Chance in Nantes (September), the Climate Week NYC (September) 

and the Pre-COP in Rabat (September). (Synthesis report on the submissions)

On 28 October 2016, the champions made publicly available their reflections on the way forward, as a prelude to the Global Climate Action at COP 22. This document served as basis for consultations with Parties and non-Party stakeholders during COP 22.

During the two weeks at COP 22, the champions socialized the 'Reflections on the Way Forward' with Parties and observers in order to gather their inputs. Based on these consultations, the champions finalized their proposal for the future of global climate action and on 17 November presented and published the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action.