VALENCIA HOSTS FROM THIS THURSDAY THE EUROPEAN CLIMATE PACT
- Various activities will be held until Saturday; the Pact will be presented this Friday.
- A dozen Valencian “ambassadors” will take part in the Pact
The European Climate Pact arrives this week in the city of Valencia. The project in question brings together organizations and individuals to promote the construction of a greener Europe that mobilizes and inspires its citizens. The Pact is composed of about 600 ambassadors from all over Europe and of them, almost 70 are Spanish and a dozen Valencian. They are all volunteers, have very diverse professional horizons and have been selected by the European Commission for their dedication to the fight against climate change.
The Valencian ambassadors have been mobilized to carry out three activities in Valencia within the framework of the European Climate Pact with the support of Europe Direct, the representation of the European Commission in Spain, the Faculty of Law of the University of Valencia and Energy4Farming. Below is a brief description of the activities planned.
THE CLIMATE MURAL (THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 16:00-19:00)
The climate mural is an educational, collaborative and creative workshop designed to raise awareness about climate change in a playful way. During the activity, participants become aware of the complexity of climate change and gain an overview of this broad issue, as well as keys to understanding how to act effectively.
The activity is open to the public and will take place at the Faculty of Law of the University of Valencia on February 24 from 16:00 to 19:00, specifically in classroom N101. Link for on-site registration. In addition, anyone can follow the activity online through this link.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: THE CONTRIBUTION OF THE AMBASSADORS OF THE EUROPEAN CLIMATE PACT IN SPAIN (FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY FROM 10:00-13:00)
The conference, organized with the support of the Representation of the European Commission in Spain and Europe Direct of the Valencian Community, will take place in the Salón de Grados “Ascensión Chirivella” of the Faculty of Law of the University of Valencia. This is an important event that will be attended by personalities such as Paula Tuzón, Regional Secretary for Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the Generalitat Valenciana, Alejandro Ramón Álvarez, Councillor for Climate Emergency and Ecological Transition of the City Council of Valencia; Ismael Aznar, Director General of Environmental Quality and Assessment MITECO, as well as Francisco Javier Palao, Dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Valencia.
The Spanish ambassadors are holding this conference with the aim of making their work visible and actively contributing to the Conference on the Future of Europe. The participants will present and reflect on various topics related to climate change; from the policies that the European Union devotes to this field, to the challenge posed by climate change for the Valencian region.
Timetable of the day
|10.30||Conference on the Future of Europe|
|10:50||European Green Pact|
|11:20||European Climate Pact from the perspective of ambassadors|
|Round table on the challenges of Climate Change in the Valencian Community (professors, entities, foundations, ambassadors, journalists…)|
|13:00||Debate and conclusions|
How to participate or follow the presentations?
Registration link (in person or online option)
Those who prefer to attend the conference online can access via the following link
PEER PARLIAMENTS OF THE EUROPEAN CLIMATE PACT (SATURDAY 26TH FEBRUARY FROM 9:00-11:00)
Europe’s future climate policies will only succeed if we design them with and for people. Therefore, as part of the European Climate Pact, the ambassadors have organized Peer Parliaments in the Cauce del Río in the city of Valencia and invite participants at 9:00 am on the steps of the Palau de les Artes. The Peer Parliaments are debates in small groups of six to eight people on climate change issues and possible solutions. The main objective is to establish a connection between citizens and European institutions in order to strengthen the climate policy dialogue. In general, three essential topics will be discussed: consumption (how to eat and how to consume), energy and mobility. The debates will be moderated by ambassadors.
Who can participate and how to register?
Everyone can participate in a Peer Parliament.
Afterwards, at 12 noon, the ambassadors will visit the Albufera nature reserve.
More information: European Commission – Representation in Spain
Climate diplomacy: Council Conclusions call for accelerated implementation of the Glasgow COP26 outcome
The Council today adopted Conclusions entitled “EU Climate Diplomacy: Accelerating the implementation of the Glasgow outcome”, which underline the fundamental importance of EU climate diplomacy and outreach to third countries to accelerate the implementation of the COP26 outcome by 2022. The Conclusions state that the EU and its Member States, in a joint Team Europe approach, will work with partners around the world to address the challenges related to such implementation, and will actively work on the different sectoral initiatives and calls emerging at COP26.
In the Conclusions the Council recognizes that the direct and indirect effects of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental degradation constitute risks to the respect for human rights and the security of individuals and States, undermining global peace and stability and often accelerating or aggravating existing vulnerabilities and instability. In this regard, the Council welcomes the increased attention given by the United Nations to the climate, peace and security nexus, but also reiterates the need for human rights to be systematically integrated into climate action and energy diplomacy.
The Council also stresses that the lack of large-scale financing for resilient and just energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries remains an obstacle to green and sustainable development. The EU will therefore continue to provide partners with a sustainable, green and positive offer for the development of reliable and climate-resilient energy, transport and digital infrastructures.
At the same time, the EU calls on other developed countries to deliver on the collective commitment to mobilize $100 billion per year by 2022, and invites multilateral development banks and international financial institutions to play a catalytic role in mobilizing the private sector and redirecting global financial flows towards sustainable and green investments.