Climate action portal to capture and catalyse climate action in support of 2015 agreement

Christiana Figueres, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

The Government of Peru yesterday launched a pioneering initiative that will capture the activities and actions of companies, cities, investors and subnational regions that are demonstrating real commitment to act on climate change.

The event, which formed part of ‘Lima Climate Action Day’, unveiled a new online portal that gives visibility to the strategic action being taken by non-state actors, either individually or as part of cooperative initiatives.

The site, developed with the support of the UN Framework Convention on Climate change (UNFCCC) has been named the NAZCA Climate Action Portal after the vast ancient lines found in the landscape of Peru.

As I mentioned in my opening statement last week, the Nazca Lines are an emblematic and symbolic aspect of Peru.

These world-famous works of art depict, among other things, the agility of the hummingbird, the creativity of the monkey and the soaring ambition of the condor – all key qualities that are needed now and in the future for realising short and long-term climate action leading to climate neutrality or net zero in the second half of this century.

This portal showcases how we too can put those qualities into practice as we go forward in our efforts on the Path to Paris next year, and beyond.

The NAZCA Climate Action Portal will be continuously updated throughout 2015, progressively showcasing the extraordinary range of game-changing actions being undertaken by thousands of cities, regions, investors and corporations.

Many of these – ranging from increases in energy efficiency and deployment of renewables to carbon pricing policies and investments in adaptation – are happening in partnership with governments, organisations and international bodies, including the United Nations.

In addition, NAZCA will draw on data from established, credible data sources with a strong track record of reporting and tracking progress. The launch data partners are the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and the Carbonn Climate Registry developed by ICLEI – local governments for sustainability, C40 Cities and the United Cities and Local Governments. More data partners will be added throughout the year.

The NAZCA portal features the cooperative initiatives launched at the Secretary General’s Climate Summit in September 2014, covering a broad range of actions on climate change from reducing deforestation along supply chains to greening the investments of the insurance industry.

The NAZCA Climate Action Portal is a great leap forward in galvanising climate action by showcasing for the first time in one place the momentum for change that is happening everywhere – East and West, North and South – in support of government efforts and ambitions to act nationally with global effect. We congratulate the Peruvian Presidency in taking this pioneering step forward.

In order to deliver a universal agreement in Paris that is also meaningful, we need all hands on deck. While the portal is not intended to be exhaustive, it nevertheless will over time capture a great deal of the many hands working to deliver climate action – action that will be vital not only now but in the years and decades to come.

The NAZCA portal shows that we can and we will address climate change.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christiana Figueres is the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)