(Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources)
ESI Research Associate Ms Melissa Low attended the Marrakech Climate Change Conference held in Morocco from 7 to 18 November. She followed negotiations relating to development of a work plan to complete the rule book for operationalising the Paris Agreement. She also engaged with the Research & Independent Non-Governmental Organization (RINGO) constituency and discussed ways to enhance research collaboration around policy and technological solutions to address climate change.
ESI (on behalf of NUS) accredited two students from Yale-NUS College who presented research on non-state and sub-national climate action at a fringe event. These students also attended a week of the climate negotiations and will be submitting reports to ESI on their experience.
Together with civil society representatives from Singapore, Melissa met with Singapore’s Minister for Environment and Water Resources Mr Masagos Zulkifli and Deputy Permanent Secretary Ms Amy Hing on the sidelines of COP22 to discuss Singapore’s domestic climate efforts and expectations from the conference.
Climate negotiators agreed to finalise the rules of the Paris Agreement by 2018 and developed a clear roadmap to meet that deadline. They also adopted the Marrakech Action Proclamation for Our Climate and Sustainable Development, which calls for the highest political commitment to build on momentum since Paris for the benefit of people and the planet.
(Posted on 25 November 2016)