COP21 - Action Day
After a week of negotiations, an event involving non-governmental actors was held on Saturday, December 5th at Le Bourget. 40 speakers took turns on stage and shared their project and vision for the future.
This day had two main objectives:
- Highlight the most exemplary commitments and initiatives taken by non-state actors, particularly in the context of the "Lima-Paris Action Agenda";
- Show what could be a low-carbon and resilient to the impacts of climate change world in 2050.
Combinating panel discusions and individual speeches, the event was open to all, including observers and media to shed light on the wide range of initiatives taken by a thousand of individuals, elected officials, NGOs and private companies. The actor Sean Penn participated as the founder of the J / P Haitian Relief Organization.
Laurent Fabius, President of COP21 opened the Action Day at 9:30 am, alongside Christiana Figueres (UNFCCC), Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, United Nations, and Manuel Pulgar Vidal, Minister of Environment, Peru. The Foreign Minister said: "The COP will be a success because it is a COP of action. An action that has been launched, which will continue and that will expand.".
François Hollande, President of France, closed the event at 5pm alongside Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. The president has asked the world "not to let down our planet". You can listen to the speech (in French) here.
Delegates from 195 countries of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change handed to the President of COP21 Laurent Fabius a preliminary draft agreement, that will be negotiated during the second week by Ministers of each delegation. Laurent Fabius then unveiled the working method of the team for the second sequence of the Paris conference.