Ségolène Royal meets the CoP Office to prepare for the “CoP for Action” in Marrakech

Submitted by vincent.roger@… on Sunday 6 November 2016
Ségolène Royal, President of CoP21, convened the CoP Office for two hours on the eve of the opening of CoP22, in the presence of Mr. Salaheddine Mezouar, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Morocco and future President of CoP22, and Mrs. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC.

The Office comprises representatives from each of the regional groups of the United Nations as well as the chairmen of the UNFCCC subsidiary bodies for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) and for implementation (SBI), as well as the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Paris Agreement (APA).

This meeting of the Office enabled a review of the preparations for CoP22 that is coming into being under the best possible auspices. Ségolène Royal said that to date 100 Parties have ratified the Paris Agreement, representing nearly 70% of global emissions. It is now necessary to focus on the trinity of climate emergency, climate justice, and climate efficiency. Marrakech will embody these high expectations, being the CoP for action.

The chairmen of the groups presented the progress of their work and emphasised the very constructive mindset that motivates them. The President of CoP21 thanked them for having recognised the climate emergency and for their willingness to accelerate the work.

The first meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA1) will be held on 15 November. The high-level segment, bringing together CoP22, the 12th Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol and the First Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement on 15 November, is expected to be attended, at the invitation of the King of Morocco, by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the President of the General Assembly, some sixty heads of State and Government, including the President of the French Republic, and more than seventy ministers heads of delegation.

The president of CoP21 thanked the members of the Office for their active participation and their commitment to continuing to drive the inclusive and constructive mindset that characterises the "spirit of Paris".