The event was organised on the sidelines of the UN Climate Talks taking place in Marrakech, Morocco.

Speaking at the event Wael Hmaidan, Director Climate Action Network, said civil society organisations (CSOs) was growing stronger in its fight against climate change, overcoming all obstacles.

He said the CSOs were committed to continue placing climate change at the top of the political agenda and expressed gratitude to Mr Ban Ki-moon for his support in the struggle to reach breakthroughs and commitments by governments such as the Paris Agreement.

“Civil society made the climate change movement what it is today and will continue doing so despite changes in the political leadership that might take the process in a negative direction,” Hmaidan said.

Mr moon asked a host of civil society leaders representing environmental organisations, youth, women and gender groups, businesses, trade unions, indigenous people, farmers and research bodies to move forward more forcefully “as we are running against time, raising alarm that immediate action is needed to keep global temperatures below 1.5C.

He asked CSOs to raise their voices as high as possible, adding that soon he will be sitting amongst them.

Mr Paul Simon, Executive Officer of We Mean Business, said business leaders recognised the Secretary-General’s role and vision in widening the scope of climate change engagement and placing it at the top of political agenda but also the business agenda.

He told the UN Secretary General, “You have focused minds and catalysed action to help build early momentum, this has enabled us to have the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals”

Youth groups also recalled the historic moment in 2014 and 2015 when the UN Secretary-General joined and led the global climate marches in New York in a show of solidarity and commitment to the cause and movement that was trying to avert the catastrophic impacts of climate change.

Source: GNA/


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