GLOBE Legislators to place national legislation at heart of a 2015 global agreement on climate change
The 2nd World Summit of Legislators, hosted by the Mexican Congress and organised by the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE), will meet in the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies between 6th-8th June.
Senior legislators will politically test a new model for an international climate change agreement that has national legislation at its heart. The legislators will debate the principles of what makes good climate legislation on mitigation, adaptation and forests/REDD+ as well as natural capital accounting.
The Summit will convene ahead of the crucial United Nations Leaders' Summit to be hosted by Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon in September in New York. The WSL2014 will convene at a time when climate laws are being advanced at an increasingly rapid pace. GLOBE's 4th Climate Legislation Study of laws in 66 nations clearly highlights this trend. At the time of the Copenhagen climate conference there were only 47 laws in the 66 study countries. At the end of 2013, those same countries now have 487 laws.
GLOBE International President and House Chairperson of the National Assembly of South Africa, Hon. Cedric Frolick MP said: 'This is a positive trend that will be key to underpinning the climate negotiations in Lima and Paris.' Importantly, further analysis to be presented at the WSL2014 by GLOBE, will show that regardless of the progress in the international process, an increasing number of countries, from developed to developing, are placing significant commitments into national legislation.
WSL2014 will be the biggest ever engagement of legislators on climate change with delegations from over 100 countries, many attending at the level of President or Speaker of Congress/Parliament.
The outcome of the Summit will detail actions that legislators can take now in their domestic legislatures as well as challenge the international process to recognise the positive trend in national laws. The outcome will also focus on what enabling mechanisms parliaments need from the UN climate process to further support the advancement of national climate change laws.