Gilles Tonelli, Government Counselor – Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, accompanied by a delegation, participated at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP24, held in Katowice.
Three years after the Paris Climate Accord, and a few weeks after the publication of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) special report on a global warming of 1.5°C, the objectives of The Conference are to finalise the guidelines to make the Paris Agreement fully operational on all of its pillars: mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, financing, technology transfer and capacity building.
In his speech at the opening of the High-Level Segment, which took place in the presence of HSH the Sovereign Prince, Mr. Tonelli stressed: “After the historic momentum that allowed the Accord of Paris 3 years ago, after the political infatuation that led to its entry into force in November 2016, it is our duty to enable it to achieve its full potential.
“Climate change is not a vague threat in an uncertain horizon. As the IPCC Special Report on Warming at 1.5°C shows, it is already seriously affecting people, ecosystems and livelihoods, and recent devastating climate events, who spare no region of the globe, constantly remind us of this anxiety-provoking reality.”
Throughout the conference, the Monegasque delegation participated in the various intergovernmental negotiations.
Part of this work has been done through the Environmental Integrity Group (EIG), of which Monaco is a member alongside Georgia, Liechtenstein, Mexico, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland.