One hundred people from around the world will take part in a citizens’ assembly to discuss the climate crisis over the next month, before presenting its conclusions at the UN Cop26 climate summit.
The World Citizens’ Assembly will be representative of the world’s population and will invite those chosen by lot to take part in online discussions that will culminate in November, during the 15-day climate talks that will open in Glasgow on 31 October.
Funded with nearly a million dollars, from sources such as the Scottish Government and the European Climate Foundation, the assembly has the support of the UN and the UK and is led by a coalition of more than 100 organizations.
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said: “Last month I launched Our Common Agenda, a roadmap to begin rebuilding our world and building confidence. The World Citizens’ Assembly for Cop26 is a practical way to show how we can accelerate action through the solidarity and power of the people. People everywhere want bold and ambitious climate action, and now is the time for national leaders to stand up and deliver. ”
Citizens’ assemblies have been used in some countries to help decide difficult issues of national importance. For example, they played a key role in Ireland’s decision to reform its abortion laws in a referendum.
Over the past two years, assemblies of citizens from countries such as the United Kingdom and France have taken on the climate crisis and shown strong public support for key measures needed to tackle global warming, including investment in new forms of climate change. energy and infrastructure and changing lifestyles. and behavior.
The members of the assembly will be chosen through a lottery and a selection process that will ensure that the composition of the body reflects the world demographics: 60 out of 100 people will come from Asia, 17 from Africa, half will be women and 70 will be women. people earning $ 10 a day or less. They will receive compensation, technical and communications support and translation services to ensure their participation.
A team of international scientists and other experts will explain the details of the climate crisis and possible solutions and members of the assembly will discuss how they could work in practice, trying to answer the question “How can humanity address the climate and ecological crisis in a fair and effective way? ”. The key messages from their discussions will be presented at Cop26 and a full report will be published in March next year.
Alok Sharma, the UK cabinet minister who will act as chairman of the Cop26 summit, said: “The Global Assembly is a fantastic initiative and was selected to be represented in the green zone. [of the Cop26 presentation hall] because we recognize the importance of his work and also because we are committed to bringing the voice of world citizens to the heart of Cop26. It creates this vital link between local conversation and a global conference. “
At Cop26, nations are expected to present plans to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next ten years in order to limit global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the lower of the two targets set to the 2015 Paris climate agreement.
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