MEDIA STATEMENT — For Immediate Release

November 18, 2016

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Hoda Baraka, hoda@350.org, +212-699-335391 (in Marrakesh)

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350.org statement as COP22 meeting in Marrakesh comes to an end

MARRAKESH — As the meeting of the UNFCCC Conference of the Paries (COP22) concluded today in Marrakesh, Payal Parekh, 350.org Global Program Director issued the following statement:

“The world is finally seeing the urgency for collective climate action. The meeting in Marrakesh concluded as scientists confirmed 2016 will be the third consecutive hottest year ever while a climate denier has been elected to the White House. But we are seeing leadership take centre stage from many directions. The Climate Vulnerable Forum countries have demonstrated what government leadership needs to look like by committing to meet 100% domestic renewable energy production as rapidly as possible. Yet climate leadership has consistently relied on people’s power. Moving forward, the climate and social justice movements stand united and more committed than ever. The only way for real climate action is to stop all new coal, oil and gas developments, financing instead a just transition towards a 100% renewable energy future for all.”

350 Africa Arab World has been on the ground following negotiations closely.  Landry Ninteretse, Regional Team Leader said “The Climate Vulnerable Forum initiative by 47 countries, including 16 from Africa, is a powerful message to all world leaders to speed up the transition towards 100% renewable energy. Africa cannot wait for 2030 or 2050 to see the changes required to save the lives of millions on the continent, and our fight must continue with a renewed urgency.”

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