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Club de Madrid calls for a Global Leadership on Climate Action at COP17

Club de Madrid calls for a Global Leadership on Climate Action at COP17

December 16, 2011

The Club de Madrid organized an official UNFCCC side event during the last UN Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa on 7 December 2011.

Three Members of the Club de Madrid, Cassam Uteem (President of Mauritius, 1992-2002), Mary Robinson, (President of Ireland, 1990-1997), and Luisa Diogo (Prime Minister of Mozambique, 2004-2010), made a strong call to achieve ambitious results in Durban.

Full text of Cassam Uteem's Speech

The event, moderated by Veerle Vandeveerd, Director, United Nations Development Programme Environment & Energy Group, counted with the view points from Alicia Montalvo, Director of the Spanish Climate Change Office, Luis Alfonso Muñozcano, Deputy Director General for Climate Change Projects of Mexico, and David Cadman, President of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. The event concluded with the remarks from Brice Lalonde, Executive Coordinator of Rio+20 highlighting the need for a good outcome in Durban, to benefit the Rio+20 process.

During this debate attended by UN, national government representatives and key stakeholders, the Club de Madrid Members highlighted that leadership is needed, as well as urgency, to tackle climate change as we are seeing with the financial crisis. The Club de Madrid members highlighted that we know what it is needed for a good international climate regime, therefore, they encourage to all parties to “do the right thing”. To this aim, the Members of the Club de Madrid call on a Global Leadership for Climate Action, given that leadership is the process to influence the behavior of people towards the group goals by respecting the freedom. In addition, President Uteem summarized the Club de Madrid recommendation for an International Climate Regime in his intervention.

Durban concluded with an agreement from the big emitters, European Union, India, China and the United States, have agreed to a process  - the so called “Durban Platform for Enhanced Action”, that would “develop a new protocol, another legal instrument or agreed outcome with legal force” that would be applicable under the U.N. climate convention.

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  • Mary RobinsonPresident of Ireland (1990-1997) • Former Vice President of the Club of Madrid
  • Cassam UteemPresident of the Republic of Mauritius (1992-1997, 1997- 2002) and Vice-President of the Club de Madrid

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