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Paris Agreement

Climate change is a global problem requiring national and international action.

The historic Paris Agreement is the first truly global plan to tackle climate change.  The treaty has been ratified by USA, China, EU, the UK, and the vast majority of the 195 signatories, and came into force four years early on 4 November 2016.

The First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham. attended the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) hosted by Fiji and the UNFCCCC in Bonn in November 2017.   Following an unprecedented invitation from the UNFCCC Secretary General, the First Minister spoke at a High Level Plenary session of COP23 on behalf of states, regions and devolved governments around the world at the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action closing event.  The First Minister spoke on a panel which included United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama (President of COP23), UN Climate Change Convention Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Mayor of host city Bonn Ashok-Alexander Sridharan.  Ahead of her speech, the First Minister confirmed more than £300,000 of Scottish Government funding for the UNFCCC’s new Gender Action Plan - the Plan aims to increase the role of women in climate change action around the world.  The First Minister met Norway’s Climate and Environment Minister, Vidar Helgesen, the World Council of Churches, Scotland’s 2050 Group of young climate leaders, and discussed global forestry initiatives with Bianca Jagger.

The Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Climate Change addressed the Sustainable Innovation Forum, COP23’s largest business event, as well as events on renewable energy, electric vehicles, the Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, and attended the General Assembly of the Under2 Coalition.  The Cabinet Secretary had discussions to inform Scotland’s work on our Just Transition Commission, and announced more than £3.6 million funding to help developing countries tackle the impact of climate change.

Scottish Ministers work actively to promote high international ambition on tackling climate change, highlighting Scotland’s world-leading climate legislation and strong track record of delivery, as well as promoting the economic benefits of action on climate change, and the moral message of climate justice.

Scotland is committed to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  Scotland is an active member of The Climate Group and its States and Regions Alliance.  The Climate Group is an international, award winning, non-profit organisation which brings together governments and businesses to promote high ambition on climate change.  Scotland has also signed the Under2Mou and the Compact of States and Regions.

Contact: james.johnston@gov.scot