At the 20th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP20) held in Lima in December 2014, the government of Peru – which presided over the meeting – organized “Climate Action Day,” a day of a high-level dialogue to promote the acceleration of climate action and to recognize the many stakeholders committed to mitigating climate change.
The dialogue, which involved several interested parties and produced a number of declarations, featured remarks by the President of Peru, Ollanta Humala; UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; former President of Mexico and President of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate Felipe Calderón; former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; Nobel laureate and former Vice President of the United States Al Gore; and President of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Rajendra K. Pachauri, among other important world leaders.
Representatives from the private sector, indigenous groups, and civil society also participated in the meeting and declared their commitment to promote climate action.
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, the Peruvian Minister of the Environment and COP20 President, and Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Minister and incoming President of COP21, chaired the event.
Fundación Avina actively supported Peru in the design and implementation of the Climate Action Day event during COP20.
The innovative event was recognized by the decision of the COP20 assembly to encourage future conference presidents to continue this type of dialogue.
Peru’s leadership in climate action contributed to the signing of an agreement between Peru, France, the UN Secretariat, and the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to jointly promote the climate action agenda in 2015 leading up to COP21 in Paris. The goal for the next meeting is to have 194 countries sign a new climate change agreement.