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XXIV SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES TO THE UNITED NATIONS FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE 6-12-2018, 19:27


Katowice, 2-14 December 2018

High-Level Segment, 3 December 2018

Intervention of His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin

 

Secretary of State

HOLY SEE

 

Mr. President,

On behalf of His Holiness Pope Francis, I extend a cordial greeting to all of you and

wish to assure you of his closeness, support and encouragement in these days of intense effort

for a fruitful outcome of this meeting of the COP-24.

After the adoption of the Paris Agreement, the Katowice meeting has the fundamental

task of developing the Paris Agreement Work Programme. This document should be a solid

set of guidelines, rules and institutional mechanisms, aimed at facilitating a fair and efficient

implementation of the Agreement, particularly at the national level. We are all aware how

difficult this endeavour is.

The complexity of this task, however, is amplified by the great sense of urgency to act,

as was unmistakably stressed in the last Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)

Special Report.

 

1 From this perspective, the information in this Report is even more worrying

given that the current commitments made by States to mitigate and adapt to climate change

are not sufficient to achieve the objectives set by the Paris Agreement. In this light, the IPCC

document proposes a challenging route to be pursued; namely, it is still possible to limit global

warming, but to do so will require a clear, forward-looking and strong political will to promote

as quickly as possible the process of transitioning to a model of development that is free from

those technologies and behaviours that influence the over-production of greenhouse gas

emissions.

 

1 Cfr., IPCC: Summary for Policymakers of the Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C

above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of

strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to

eradicate poverty, 6 October 2018.

 

2

The question is therefore this: is there sufficient political will to implement the many

solutions we have available to promote the aforementioned model of development?

The way in which the Paris Agreement Work Programme is elaborated will be an

answer to this question.

On the part of the Holy See, it is important that the Work Programme be built on three

pillars: 1) a clear ethical foundation; 2) the commitment to achieving three inextricably

interlinked goals: advancing the dignity of the human person, alleviating poverty and

promoting integral human development, and easing the impact of climate change through

responsible mitigation and adaptation measures; and 3) a focus on meeting both the needs of

the present and of the future.

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