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The COP22 UN Climate Change Conference in Morocco wrapped up on Friday after nearly 200 nations made an urgent appeal for the “highest political commitment” to combat climate change.
“We call for the highest political commitment to combat climate change, as a matter of urgent priority,” the 197 parties to the UN’s climate convention stated in the Marrakesh Action Proclamation issued at the annual UN climate conference.
“Our climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented rate and we have an urgent duty to respond,” the nations warned.
Activists are concerned by US President-elect Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, thus undercutting years of painstaking negotiations. Participants also fear that the goal of avoiding the worst case scenarios of global warming may not be possible without US backing.
Trump has described climate change as a “hoax” perpetrated by China and has appointed climate change sceptic Myron Bell as the head of his EPA transition team.
After the success of last year’s climate forum in Paris, organisers were tasked with drafting a roadmap for its execution. But campaigners in Marrakesh say that the process is not moving fast enough.
“There is no serious energy on the part of the negotiators. They are doing their best but we think it’s not good enough,” said Rita Uwaka, from Friends of the Earth’s Nigeria branch.