Bogotá, 19 August 2020. Today, the Climate Promise is born in Colombia. The initiative seeks to accelerate the country's contributions towards solving one of the most important issues of our time: climate change.
As broadcasted at 9 a.m. on semana.com, the UNDP Resident Representative for Colombia Jessica Faieta, the Ambassador of the European Union Patricia Llombart, the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Ricardo Lozano, the President of Asocapitales Carlos Mario Marín and the Director of Environment and Sustainable Development of the National Planning Department Santiago Aparicio, confirmed their commitment to climate action.
“This initiative invites politicians, business leaders, financiers and activists, young and old, women and girls, peasants, indigenous peoples and Afro-Colombian communities, indeed all Colombians to not only imagine a different future but also to explain how they are building it and quickly so, because effective climate action is a matter of time, ” said Jessica Faieta, UNDP Resident Representative in Colombia.
Amid this unprecedented pandemic, it is of utmost importance to strengthen the commitment to guaranteeing life, which implies decisively addressing the climate crisis.
The Climate Promise is precisely a creative and inclusive way to promote ambition, acceleration and the mobilization of governments and civil society in calls to action to confront the climate crisis. It is part of the global initiative launched by UNDP at the UN Climate Action Summit which took place in September 2019, and supports more than 110 countries to improve their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, in a global effort to limit global warming to 1.5C.
With the leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Foreign Ministry and the National Planning Department, the Climate Promise will identify and visualize the mitigation, adaptation and implementation ambitions of the 2020-2023 development and action plans of the regional environmental authorities, departmental governments and capital cities. These ventures at a territorial level are catalytic actions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Climate Promise acts as a bridge between citizens and governments, opening spaces for dialogue between women and youth to mobilize the priorities of climate actions in the territories with those in charge of formulating public policies on climate change.
In the Amazon, La Mojana, the central region of Bogotá, La Guajira and Nariño, workshops and dialogues will be held with groups of women and youth. The climate promises that result from these dialogues will be positioned with local and regional governments, and taken into account for the update of the country's climate ambition in compliance with the Paris Agreement and in light of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP26).
The acceleration of the Climate Promise will promote ten climate challenges in the aforementioned regions, in which women and youth will propose climate solutions that will receive initial funding, intensive training and personalized guidance to help draw on experiences and strengthen capacity to face the climate crisis in the territories.
From now until December 2020, the Climate Promise will be promoting and making the country aware of the contributions from the territories at semana.com/mipromesaclimaticaes.
This initiative is possible thanks to the collective effort and cooperation of the National Government, the European Union, the governments of Germany, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy; IRENA, GIZ, UNEP, UNIDO, FAO, UNICEF and the World Bank.
Partners for the regional dialogues and challenges are the National Network of Young People for the Environment, Pact for Climate, Colombian Youth Climate Movement, ASOCARS, Colombian Association of Capital Cities, RAP-E, the governments of Sucre, Putumayo, Meta, Caquetá and Nariño as well as Corpoguajira, Corponariño, Corpoamazonía and Cormac.