The Paris Climate Change Agreement, the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action and the Sustainable
Development Goals together represent the enablers to take us on the path toward a more sustainable, resilient and
low-emissions world to prevent our planet’s temperature from reaching disastrous levels.
To create the change needed toward a more sustainable, resilient and low-emission future, it is critical that policies are
put in place now so technologies can develop, mature, become commercialized and deployed at scale, and economic
actors can move faster towards a low-emission and sustainable world.
For businesses, cities and organizations to do this, effective climate leadership is essential. The world’s citizens can
begin and continue to implement actions and demonstrate progress; however, a much greater scale and speed is now
required. This 2018 Summary for Policymakers shows that policy solutions exist, but more are needed. The summary
confronts the challenges that policymakers face, while providing examples from around the world that show how
these challenges can be overcome.
Synergies need to happen such as technological innovation working together with new business models and finance
mechanisms; businesses, stakeholders and governments must find opportunities to integrate each other into their
processes; and everyone needs to start using the ‘new oil’, that of data & information, as the new power for future
This is why the Paris Agreement includes an effective engine of cooperation and co-ordination 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 ecosystems.
The clear message in this summary is that cooperation, partnerships and integration across local, regional, national
and international climate policy is critical to set up frameworks for businesses and stakeholders to be inspired by.
National and international policy needs to set the direction and tone of action.
My thanks go to the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action for ensuring that this essential area of effective
policymaking is kept as the main focus of all nations heading in to COP24 in Katowice, Poland.
I am sure it will help Poland, 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