First ever Social PreCOP on Climate Change delivers strong messages from civil society in the run-up to Lima Climate Summit: Page 2 of 2
Posted on 13 November 2014
global transformation towards just, affordable, safe, efficient and renewable energy system for all, within the context of a just transition and the repayment of historical climate debt.
The Principles of the Convention should be incorporated explicitly in the new agreement to be signed in 2015 and that agreement must be guided by international human rights standards.
Special circumstances of the Least Developed Countries must be prioritized in the 2015 agreement especially in relation to adaptation, loss and damage, and the means of implementation.
These messages had been agreed upon, but not without a good amount of debate among civil society, particularly around keeping 80% of fossil resources underground. Recognizing that Venezuela uses its oil resources to finance its economic and social development and transition, the consensus reached was to demand Northern countries to reduce their energy demand.
While the Ministers received these messages from civil society, what they will do about these remain to be seen. Reflecting on the Ministerial session, a governmental representative said ‘he felt like they could have done more (at this meeting)’.
It was certainly one step forward from where and how the civil society engagement has been since when civil society staged a mass walkout during the 19th climate summit in Warsaw, Poland almost a year ago amid growing frustration on the lack of participation in the official climate negotiations, and over the fact that a number of justice issues were not being addressed. ###