UN Climate Change Conference, COP25 in Madrid, Spain – 2 to 13 December

The UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain (2 to 13 December) kicked off on Monday 2nd December

The UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain (2 to 13 December) kicked off on Monday 2nd December, with an urgent call to make serious progress on climate action over the next two weeks. With climate change impacts becoming ever more dangerous and apparent, COP25 must convey to the world a firm determination to change course. The key objective of the conference is to reach progress on key items with respect to the full operationalization of the Paris Climate Change Agreement, notably on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement relating to carbon markets and continuing to boost ambition in preparation for new and revised national climate action plans due next year of which Seychelles has made considerable progress.

The Seychelles Delegation was led by Minister Wallace Cosgrow from Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, ably assisted by his Principal Secretary Wills Agricole from the Ministry of Environment, Energy, and Climate Change, Ambassador Ronny Jumeau, CEO SMA Vincent Amelie, CEO SeyCCAT Angelique Ponpouneau, Climate Change Negotiator George Uzice, Director General for Environment Education, Jeannette Larue.

Side-events

The delegation so far, is taking part in several side-events notably Nature-based solution: Integrating Coastal Ecosystem in 2020 NDCs, Transforming Tourism for Climate Action, Climate Science and extreme weather events, Ocean, Climate and Biodiversity nexus and African Union Climate Commissions.

First Ever Green Champion Award

Wills Agricole, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change have been selected as the FIRST EVER Green Climate Fund (GCF) Green Champion award for the Transformational Country Category. The award ceremony will take place on Saturday 6th December, 2019 at COP25, Madrid, Spain

The first GCF Green Champions awards recognise outstanding INDIVIDUALS and ORGANISATIONS in a developing country driving climate transformation, making notable progress in pursuing national interaction with the GCF. The awards promote initiatives that stand as examples of environmental, social and business-led commitments of climate action. This includes activities limiting or reduce greenhouse gas emissions and encourage adaptation to climate impacts. There are six categories as follows:

  1. Climate Youth Champion
  2. Climate Gender Champion
  3. Climate Community Champion
  4. Transformational Country Champion
  5. Climate Entrepreneur Champion
  6. Climate Lifetime achievement Champion
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