Marrakech - "Real progress" was made on the majority of issues during the first week of the COP22 negotiations, President of COP22, Salaheddine Mezouar, said on Saturday.
Marrakech – “Real progress” was made on the majority of issues during the first week of the COP22 negotiations, President of COP22, Salaheddine Mezouar, said on Saturday.
“Negotiations are taking place in a spirit of cooperation, and real progress has been made, particularly in terms of capacity building and adaptation,” Mezouar said at a press conference, noting that 105 countries have ratified the Paris Agreement so far.
These negotiations aim at turning climate initiatives launched at the COP21 into concrete projects, Mezouar added, noting that the Moroccan Presidency of the UN Climate Change Conference aims at increasing available public funding, launching projects and promoting innovative financing methods through mobilizing the private sector and sovereign wealth funds.
In her turn, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, said “substantial progress” has been made during this first week, citing a two-year program to integrate gender perspectives in climate policies and actions and to ensure women’s participation at all levels, the ‘Water for Africa’ initiative and the ‘We Mean Business’ coalition.
Espinosa and Mezouar seized this opportunity to pay tribute to the role played by the youth to ensure the success of the UN climate change conference.
The COP 22 is an opportunity to debate and discuss several issues relating in particular to agriculture, food security, energy, industry, transport and water.
The event is taking place in Bab Ighli village, which extends over an area of nearly 300,000 m2.
Around 20,000 delegates from 196 countries are gathering at the COP 22.