The Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CoNGO) released a statement at the 26th UN Conference on Climate Change. For COP26, world leaders are currently convening in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 - November 12, 2021. CoNGO has observer status at this conference.
CoNGO President Liberato Bautista said, “We must heed the warnings of a climate catastrophe and accept the invitation of Mr. Guterres to contribute our part as civil society in saving succeeding generations from climate change.”
PPSEAWA is one of the 63 co-signers on the CoNGO statement calling for governments to take immediate measures and actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Here is a brief summary of the statement “Challenges of Climate Change: an NGO Statement to the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, in Glasgow”:
Mitigation: The scientific community worldwide should coordinate research and innovation so as to draw up procedures to reduce CO2 emissions.
Adaptation: local decisions are critical to effective adaptation to changing weather and climate conditions. Look beyond land use and public electric transportation – public health systems have been challenged by the spread of disease due to changing land use and human settlement.
Participation and cooperation: take measures to ensure the most marginalized groups such as minorities, women and children do not bear the brunt of the climate crisis.
Financial Frameworks: countries may require modifying tax systems to finance changes and an international fund administered by the UN should provide assistance to the developing countries.