The ministerial roundtable on 6 June focused on issues related to mitigation before 2020, as well as on key issues related to the universal climate agreement, which is set to be agreed in Paris in 2015.
Throughout the day, Ministers and senior Party representatives had a rich exchange and made interventions that aimed to guide work on increasing ambition before 2020 and next steps on the road to Paris.
In that context, Ministers stressed the need to take the latest findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change into account, which confirm the need for high global mitigation ambition. Many expressed that the level of ambition before 2020 urgently needs to be increased. Countries also concurred that a new agreement in Paris must follow scientific findings to ensure adequacy of global action.
Many Ministers and high-level officials stated that the Paris agreement needs to be applicable to all countries, be based on ambitious nationally determined contributions, and cover adaptation, finance, technology and capacity-building. Many suggested that contributions should cover diverse actions, including mitigation as well as adaptation and financial actions.
Other points made during the exchange included:
- The 2015 agreement should be under the Convention and in line with its objectives and principles.
- There is an urgent need to increase and secure climate finance.
- The Kyoto Protocol could function as the basis for developing a multilateral rules-based regime which also incentivizes domestic action.
- The preparation in Lima of the first draft negotiating text will be a crucial milestone in the process to reach the new global Agreement in 2015.
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