ICMIF signs up to the Paris Pledge for Action as demonstration of commitment to COP21 Paris Agreement

Thursday, 31 December 2015

Following the adoption of the new, universal climate agreement at the COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris (December 2015) to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius, the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) has joined the Paris Pledge for Action, affirming the organization’s commitment to the COP21 Paris Agreement.

Organizers of the L’Appel de Paris (the Paris Pledge for Action) say it represents a unique opportunity for non-state actors to welcome the Paris Agreement on climate change and to commit to implement it.

The pledge demonstrates that non-state actors are ready to play their part to support the objectives of the Paris Agreement. By joining the pledge, businesses, cities, civil society groups, investors, regions, trade unions and other signatories promise to ensure that the ambition set out by the Paris Agreement is met or exceeded to limit global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius.

Laurent Fabius, the French Foreign Affairs and International Development Minister and COP21 President, has called for non-state actors to show their support for climate action by joining the Paris Pledge for Action, saying that participation sends a signal that all actors – state and non-state – are moving in the right direction in 2015 and beyond. The Paris Pledge for Action is not meant to replicate the good work already underway by the business, investment and local government communities to address climate change, said Fabius, but to provide a political signal that demonstrates the breadth of support and scale of momentum for a transition to a low-emission and climate resilient economy.

“The world needs you to step up and rise to the challenges of climate change and sustainable development” said Fabius. He continued: “This is why I strongly encourage you to take bold actions and make ambitious commitments, both individually and collectively, register them on NAZCA* and sign on to the Paris Pledge, to make sure the pledges made in Paris by governments are achieved or even exceeded.”

The Paris Pledge for Action states:

“As cities, regions, businesses, investors, civil society groups, trade unions and other signatories, coming from every sector of society and every corner of the world, we realize that dangerous climate change threatens our ability and the ability of future generations to live and thrive in a peaceful and prosperous world. We also realize that taking strong action to reduce emissions can not only reduce the risks of climate change but also deliver better growth and sustainable development.

As a result, we the undersigned, affirm our strong commitment to a safe and stable climate in which temperature rise is limited to under 2 degrees Celsius.

In support of this, we welcome the adoption of a new, universal climate agreement at COP21 in Paris, which is a critical step on the path to solving climate change. We pledge our support to ensuring that the level of ambition set by the agreement is met or exceeded.

We will do this by taking concrete steps now, and without waiting for the entry into force of the agreement in 2020, both individually and cooperatively, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to a safe level and build resilience against those changes already occurring.

We will look back at this moment as our turning point, when the transition to a low-emission and climate resilient economy became inevitable, irreversible and irresistible. We must, we can and, together, we will solve climate change.”

Read L’Appel de Paris in Arabic, Chinese, EnglishFrench, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish.

Who has joined?

Along with ICMIF, over 1,000 non-state actors have joined L’Appel de Paris (the Paris Pledge for Action).

For more information and to pledge support for action on climate change you can read more on the Paris Pledge for Action here.

The Paris Pledge for Action website and pledge process is managed by The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. The Institute has a network of over 7,000 leaders for sustainability.

* NAZCA is the Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action, launched by the Peruvian Presidency of COP20/CMP10, alongside the Lima Paris Action Agenda in 2014.