Lima COP 20 Day One

Lima is one of the most beautiful capitals in South America.  History is around the corner of every street.  The physical setting is splendid.

But those marvellous qualities will not count when delegates of Kyoto countries gather to prepare the road to a new climate change convention to be concluded at Paris in December 2015.

Enrique Maurtua Konstantinidis, international policy adviser for Climate Action Network Latin America noted that the Latin American region was extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

“Some countries in this region know that Lima for example could be the first city in the world to run out of water, so they are taking action. Costa Rica will get 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2016. But some countries are still under the sway of the fossil fuel industry. We’ll be looking at them during these negotiations to act in line with the peoples’ demands and pursue development in a sustainable way. We must leave fossil fuels in the ground and not repeat the steps of the developed countries that brought us to this point.”

Like every other Conference of the Parties, the host government emphasized the need for action.  “It is urgent that we create the greatest alliance in history against climate change,” Peruvian President Ollanta Humala said.

A key issue in Lima will be to define what information countries should provide when they present their formal pledges early next year, so that they can be compared against each other.

More about the environmental challenges facing Lima in our next blog.

Based on information from Climate Action Network (CAN), a member of a global network of over 900 NGOs working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels. More at: www.climatenetwork.org

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