GIS– 21 December 2015: At a press conference on 18 December 2015 in Port Louis, the Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Jayeshwur Raj Dayal, recalled the outcome of the 21st Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) which was held in Paris, France.
The Minister headed the Mauritius delegation at the High Level Segment which took place from 7 to 12 December 2015. The main purpose of our mission, he said, was reflected in the statement which he delivered during the opening plenary session and where emphasis was laid on:
- Challenges being faced by Small Islands Developing States (AOSIS) such as Mauritius, Least Developed Countries as well as developing countries in Africa; ·
- Expectations in terms of the outcome, more particularly on long term temperature goal of 1.5°C, mitigation, adaptation, loss and damage, finance, capacity building, technology development with science and innovation and transfer of technology and transparency of actions;
- Support required by Mauritius from developed countries to tackle the adverse impacts of climate change while pursuing sustainable development and poverty reduction goals.
According to Mr Dayal, the main objective of the Conference was to discuss a legally binding outcome or an agreement on climate change which will come into force as from 1st January 2020. The conference, he underlined, culminated into an agreement referred to as the Paris Agreement that, among others, aims at strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change in the context of sustainable development and efforts.
It aims to eradicate poverty by:
- holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels;·
- increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change and foster climate resilience and low greenhouse gas emissions development; and
- making finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas emissions and climate-resilient development.
At the conference, some 150 Head of States and Head of Governments delivered statements and emphasied on the urgency to deal with climate change which is considered as a pressing global threat. They also underscored on the need for a legally binding outcome at the COP21 to save the planet for the survival of mankind and future generations.
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