Focus on #ActionDay

© Benjamin Géminel
© Benjamin Géminel

05 Dec Focus on #ActionDay

The Action Day began on Saturday morning in the “La Loire” plenary room. Laurent Fabius, President of COP21, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, former COP20 President and Peruvian Environment Minister, and Janos Pasztor, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, reaffirmed the momentum represented by the Paris Conference and emphasized their confidence in the actions already taken to combat change. These actions involve all governmental and civil society stakeholders for greater effectiveness and solidarity.


Laurent Fabius emphasized that this is not simply an “Action Day”: “Really, this is Action Year, and Action COP: COP21 is not simply the COP of intentions and principles. COP21 will be a success because it is the COP of action.”

A message from the International Space Station was broadcast:


Ségolène Royal, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and Head of the French delegation, closed this introduction and summarized the challenges of climate change and the initiatives launched and presented during the Lima-Paris Action Agenda “Focuses” this week.

NGOs, scientists, entrepreneurs, ministers and businesses made important contributions, setting out the great stakes and challenges of climate change and the solutions they are implementing and launching.

Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, said that we should leave nothing up to our children: not poverty, not biodiversity loss, not greenhouse gas emissions.

Winnie Byanyima spoke about the vulnerability of the poorest people, and of women. She said that African women waste 40 million hours per year collecting water; while that might seem a vast challenge, she also sees it as a great opportunity. She described herself as an optimist, believing in the power of the people, and saying that we must, can and will act.

In the area of risk prevention, the speakers highlighted the importance of an early warning system, and the challenges of insurance and reinsurance. Annick Girardin presented the French CREWS system. She said: “We have currently reached $80 billion out of the $100 billion”, and launched a call: “This is the COP of action, and we are taking action”.


Young inventor César Harada came to speak of his affordable automatic boat which could clean up the ocean and detect radioactivity and pollution. He promoted open data, which makes it possible to work on and develop collective solutions.

Yolanda Kakabadse Navarro, President of WWW International, explained that we talk of the planet Earth, but that we should really say planet Ocean. She proclaimed her optimism regarding the negotiations taking place in the COP21 framework, saying that a strong commitment to combat climate change is possible in Paris; that it is possible if we stand together.

Actor and activist Sean Penn also spoke. He came to present and promote the work of his association, the  J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, came to present the results of the #Cities4Climate Mayors Summit which took place at Paris City Hall on Friday, 4 December.

Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, also spoke.




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