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15 July 2014

COP20 president addresses Major Economies Forum

The President of the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference and Peru's Environment Minister, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, addressed the Major Economies Forum (MEF) on Energy and Climate last week in an attempt to generate leadership and consensus on climate change solutions.

The MEF took place from 11-12 July in Paris and Pulgar-Vidal, in his capacity as the President of the December 2014 Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), participated in the forum, which brought together 17 of the world's largest economies.

The MEF was intended to facilitate a candid dialogue among major developed and developing economies and to help generate the political set up necessary to achieve a successful outcome at the December UN climate change conference in Lima, Peru.

The Peruvian senior government official also met with the French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius en Le Chateau de la Celle – Saint Cloud as well as other ministers and government officials who attended the forum.

Minister Pulgar-Vidal is also participated at the Fifth Petersburg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany on Sunday which brought together around 35 environment ministers from around the world.

Under the theme "Addressing the urgency – stepping up our contributions", this year's meeting introduced new ideas and strategies in preparation for the COP20 negotiations.

The Andean country's President Ollanta Humala Tasso also attended event.

Peru’s government and ministers around the world are aiming to produce a draft text in Lima to be finalised at COP21 in Paris next year. It is hoped the text will ensure the legally binding commitment of UN member states to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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