Press Release on the COP22 Declaration on Accelerated Action on Adaptation in Transport
Thursday 17th November 2016
Marrakech, Morocco. Today, on behalf of the transport and development community Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT) and co-convener of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) presented Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) with the COP22 Declaration on Accelerated Action on Adaptation in Transport.
To date the transport sector´s action on climate change has been largely focused on mitigation. On Tuesday 9th November 2016 during a dedicated event on Transport Adaptation in Africa during the Marrakesh Climate Conference (COP22) and in response to the Moroccan Presidency’s political priority to increase attention to adaptation the transport and development community launched the COP22 Declaration on Accelerated Action on Adaptation in Transport.
In just 8 days the Declaration has been signed by 395 individuals and by 55 organizations including:
Adaptation in the transport sector is necessary for both developed and developing countries. Transport systems worldwide are vulnerable to the increasing impacts of a changing climate and this increases the potential for catastrophic impacts. Resilient transport is important in disaster recovery. Transport systems and services are already being severely disrupted by climate related events with an ever growing number of incidents in both the developed and developing world.
Through the Declaration organizations and individuals endorsing the Declaration commit to:
“We are pleased by the broad support for the Declaration” said Cornie Huizenga, Secretary General, Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport. “We are committed to develop a supportive Program of work in partnership with organizations that endorsed the declaration and present this for discussion at the next UNFCCC meeting in Bonn, Germany in May 2017 and we will also be happy to facilitate reporting on the implementation of the Declaration”.
The Declaration will remain open for further endorsements and can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/36SYK9F