Sikkim Lok Sabha MP Prem Das Rai presented the GLOBE COP21 Legislators Summit Communiqué to MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju at the annual Meet of the Mountain States in New Delhi on 11 December 2015. The event was organized by Integrated Mountain Initiative to celebrate the International Mountain Day.
Rai updated the gathering about his participation at the UNFCC COP 21 in Paris, particularly the keen interest in supporting measures for disaster risk reduction in mountain states shown by Margareta Walhstrom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the UN for Disaster Risk Reduction.
The GLOBE COP21 Legislators Summit was hosted by the Assemblée Nationale, France’s National Parliament, and supported by GLOBE France in collaboration with the GLOBE International secretariat. The summit was attended by over 221 parliamentarians from over 67 countries.
The theme of the summit was TOWARDS COHERENCE & IMPACT: The challenge of Paris and the 2030 Agenda for a prosperous and sustainable world.
The Summit concluded with for more integrated action on the climate and 2030 Agenda, and greater parliamentary engagement in implementation. The legislators committed to:
1. Ensuring consistency of national legislation and policies on climate and of other societal objectives, such as access to energy, gender equality and financing for development;
2. Ensuring that all necessary means are put in place on national level to implement the Paris Agreement through advancing legislative action and strengthening the dialogue with all other stakeholders;
3. Reviewing INDCs and/or national climate change action plans to ensure appropriate ambition, funding and coherence with commitments under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and other related international processes;
4. Accelerating the ratification of the Doha Amendment establishing the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and achieving the ratification of the Paris Agreement by the end of June 2017;
5. Increasing effective scrutiny of implementing national legislation on climate and improving transparency and accountability on climate action.
Rai, along with Bhubaneswar Kalita (Rajya Sabha MP, Assam), Jairam Ramesh (Rajya Sabha MP, Andhra Pradesh), Sanjay Jaiswal (Lok Sabha MP, Bihar), V.P. Singh Badnore (Rajya Sabha MP, Rajasthan), Mmhonlumo Kikon (Parliamentary Secretary for Labour& Employment, Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Border Affairs, Government of Nagaland), Malini Mehra (Chief Executive, GLOBE International) and Pranav Sinha (Director, GLOBE India) were part of the GLOBE India delegation to the summit.
GLOBE is an international network of legislators comprised of national parliamentarians from over 70 countries and chapters established in over 40 legislature, that are committed to finding legislative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change and sustainable development.