14th November 2016
Shri Anil Madhav Dave, India’s Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, asked for strong and robust pre 2020 actions, and said that it was indispensible for successful implementation of the Paris Agreement. Chairing a side event he emphasized the importance of the pre 2020 actions and said that ignoring pre 2020 commitments is contrary to the core principles of the Convention and the spirit of the Paris Agreement. He added that strong and robust pre 2020 actions would enable us to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals, and failure to have genuine and meaningful pre 2020 actions would threaten delivering the range of the SDGs for majority of the humanity. The event was organized by PAIRVI, CECOEDECON and Beyond Copenhagen.
Shri Ajay Narayan Jha, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, said that we welcome the early entry into force of the Paris Agreement, but this exuberance should not be at the cost of pre 2020 actions, which still remains critical not only for pre 2020 but also post 2020.
Ajay K Jha, (Director, PAIRVI) said that expedited actions and enhanced ambitions before 2020 was the best insurance to bridge the emission gap. He called upon the developed countries to ratify Doha Amendments and declare their roadmap for pre 2020 actions spanning mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology and capacity building.
Mr. Diego Pacheho, Dy Minister, Planning and development, Bolivia and coordinator LMDC, said that not fulfilling pre 2020 actions amounts to throwing away the last vestiges of the climate justice. He added that without pre 2020 there is no post 2020 for developing countries. He also lauded India’s proposal on pre 2020 action and assured that LMDC will make all efforts to demand concrete action before 2020.
Soumya Dutta (Beyond Copenhagen) highlighted the emission reduction potential in the energy, lighting and transport sectors in the developed countries. He emphasized the emission reduction potential in preventing construction and closing old and inefficient fossil fuel plants.
Mr. Peter Scholten (IHS, Erasmus University, Rotterdam) talked about EU pledge for 2020 and beyond 2030 and emphasized that there is a need to make efforts in a integrated manner across sectors to best utilize the pre 2020 potential.
Meena Raman (TWN) said that it was unfortunate that pre 2020 has become a bad word in the negotiations and the developed countries are going back on their words, which they committed in Durban and Doha COP. She hoped that developing countries would put their best foot forward and demand concrete actions in the facilitative dialogue.
Dr. A A Nambi (WRI, India) underlined that lack of mitigation and finance pre 2020 is adversely affecting adaptive capacities of the developing and other vulnerable countries and resulting into huge adaptation and adaptation finance gaps.
The event came out with a call for developed countries to fully implement their commitments, enhance ambitions and take leadership in pre 2020 actions consistent with the principles of the Convention and the spirit of the Paris Agreement. They also called upon the UNFCCC to take pre 2020 actions on a priority and that Facilitative dialogue come out with a concrete roadmap on pre 2020.