WASHINGTON – Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar Vidal pledged Friday that his country will strive to ensure progress during the 20th session of the UN Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, set for Dec. 1-12 in Lima.
“The government of Peru, in its capacity as chair of the next COP, will make the maximum efforts to achieve significant advances on various fronts, inside and outside of the (UN) negotiating process,” Pulgar said in a statement read by his Cabinet colleague, Economy and Finance Minister Alonso Segura.
“The COP20 is a necessary step to reach a global accord in Paris in 2015,” Pulgar stressed in the statement, which was disseminated during a high-level discussion on financing and climate change held in Washington as part of the annual meeting of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
One of the goals of the Lima summit will be reaching consensus on a new international pact to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
The UN plans call for that agreement to be approved at next year’s COP21 in Paris, to replace the Kyoto Protocol.
The COP20 will also address mechanisms to help developing countries adapt to the effects of climate change, including the new Green Fund, to be financed through contributions from wealthy nations.
The world’s finance ministers should “expand financial resources to check climate change in an effective way,” Pulgar said in his statement.
Peru’s environment minister likewise urged a larger flow of public money from developed nations to create “a necessary pillar that sustains a global accord.”
At the same time, he noted the “growing appetite of non-state actors to be part of the solution” to climate change.
“We see the COP20 as an opportunity to lay the foundations for more actions on the part of the all actors,” Pulgar said.