Press release by Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, and Salaheddine Mezouar, President of COP22, at the wrapping up of the work in Bonn


30 May Press release by Ségolène Royal, President of COP21, and Salaheddine Mezouar, President of COP22, at the wrapping up of the work in Bonn

Ségolène Royal and Salaheddine Mezouar, both in Nairobi to take part in UNEA, have sent a video message to the delegates gathered in Bonn to commend their work and give impetus to the continuation of work until Marrakesh.

During the first meeting since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, for ten days, the negotiators together set out to build what will be the operational basis of the Agreement when it comes into force, after the ratification by at least 55 countries accounting for at least 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions.



“The negotiators have made significant headway in Bonn, it is now up to the Heads of State and Government to ratify the Paris Agreement so that it comes into force as soon as possible!”, said the President of CoP21.

“Following the signing of the Agreement by 175 States on 22nd April in New York, the constructive spirit that reigned during these 10 days of work sends out a very positive signal with a view to Marrakesh”, said the future President of CoP22.

The work mandated by the Paris decision started in Bonn in a spirit of openness and transparency.

The success of Paris is also the result of a mobilization of all actors, which has been embodied by the Agenda for Action. Ségolène Royal and Salaheddine Mezouar welcomed the consultation launched on the governance of this agenda, with a view to a meeting with the high-level champions Laurence Tubiana and Hakima El Haïté and non-governmental actors, which will be held on 23rd June in Morocco.

It is thanks to the collaborative solutions provided by coalitions in terms of renewable energies, transport, access to water, soil and forest management, as well as the issues of the social value of the price of carbon and green finance and public-private partnerships, that countries will be able to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, adapt, and improve the living conditions of their populations.

The fight against climate change is also a question of justice. The President and future President welcome the discussions in Bonn on the issue of loss and damage which, by involving civil society, have brought out a shared vision of the objectives for Marrakesh. Many proposals have been made on financing strategies, insurance instruments, research, knowledge dissemination and risk assessment.

Mrs. Royal and Mr. Mezouar reaffirmed the need to achieve concrete results at COP22 with regard to strengthening the pre-2020 mitigation and adaptation action. It is also necessary to actively support national efforts for the implementation of national contributions by all the parties. For this purpose, it is imperative to mobilize financing, technology transfers and capacity building support from now until 2020.

Finally, they congratulated Mrs. Christiana Figueres for her remarkable work at the head of the UNFCCC Secretariat and wished every success to the next Executive Secretary, Mrs. Patricia Espinosa.