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New York – 23 of September 2014: United Nations Climate Summit – Joint statement of Non-State actors’ representatives

Catalyzing Action

"We, undersigned members and representatives of the major groups and constituencies recognized under
the United Nations, have decided to come together and speak as one on the imperatives that must underpin
the global agreement on climate change to be adopted in 2015 in Paris.

We represent a large diversity of actors working from the local to the international level to fight AGAINST
climate change and FOR a just transition towards sustainable low-carbon and climate-resilient development.
Our action is driven by the absolute scientific urgency of climate change, stressed by the recent IPCC reports,
and the priority of limiting global temperature rise below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.
We call upon the national governments to commit for what science says needs to be done, to take ambitious,
timely, and effective mitigation and adaptation actions to address global climate change."

You will find the text attached to this article.

To our knowledge, it is the first time that a joint statement on climate negotiations is endorsed by such a diversity of non-State actors. It aims at delivering common messages to national governments convened at the Climate Summit, on the urgency and the level of ambition needed for the future agreement in Paris in 2015; but also on the need for a different approach of the negotiations, including local dimensions and non-State actors’ capacity of action.

It has been prepared collectively, during several meetings, where the focal points of the 9 Major Groups and Constituencies have been invited.

Organizations from 8 Major Groups and Constituencies (the research community does not support position papers) have already signed this joint statement, as major international organizations from the Trade Unions, Farmers and Local authorities Major Groups, co-focal point of the Women and Gender Constituency, as well as some Youth, Women’s and environmental NGOs from different parts of the world.

We are planning a press conference on the 22nd of September in New York to present the statement.

A Local governments’ delegation will also join the People’s March in New York on the 21st.