At the twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, it was agreed that mobilizing stronger and more ambitious climate action by all Parties and non-Party stakeholders is urgently required if the goals of the Paris Agreement are to be achieved.
In decision 1/CP.21, the commitments from all actors are recognized, including those launched through the Lima–Paris Action Agenda, as well as the urgent need to scale up the global response to climate change and support greater ambition from governments.
At COP 22 in Marrakech, a High-Level Event on Accelerating Climate Action was held to highlight outcomes from the Action Events throughout the conference and culminated with the launching of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action; a new framework to catalyse and support climate action.
Achievement of the Paris Agreement goals will be impossible without action to protect, restore, and sustainably manage all types of forests. Limiting global warming to well below 2 (or to 1.5) degrees requires a rapid halt to deforestation and reaching a carbon balance by the second half of this century necessitates massive forest restoration. Healthy forests also play a central role in creating resilient societies that can adapt to climate change. Existing forests already remove over 2 Gigatonnes of our carbon emissions from the atmosphere annually, hence conservation and sustainable management of forest represent one of the largest, most cost-effective responses to climate challenges. The Forest Action events at COP 22 provided an opportunity to bring together state and non-state actors -- governments, businesses, civil society groups, and indigenous peoples’ organizations -- to take stock of progress made, and identify challenges as well as opportunities for increased contributions of conservation and sustainable management of forests to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and for streamlining and scaling up of financing mechanisms necessary to achieve this.
Press Release: The Forest Transformation is Happening Now
Showcase: 13:30-16:00 @ Room Atlantic
Dialogue: 16:30-18:30 @ Room 10
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO): Michael Hage (michael.Hage@fao.org)
High Commissioner for Water, Forests and the Fight Against Desertification, Morocco: Abderrahim Houmy (email@example.com)
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP): Charles McNeill (Charles.McNeill@undp.org)