EUROPE/BRUNEI CLIMATE CHANGE FORUM, MONDAY 15 JUNE
The Embassies of France and Germany and the British High Commission jointly organised a climate change forum at the Radisson Hotel on the afternoon of Monday 15 June. The event was to highlight the importance of climate change issues and the crucial run up to the Climate Conference (COP 21) in Paris in December 2015.
Ambassadors H.E. Loan Forgeron, H.E. Roland Grafe and British High Commissioner H.E. David Campbell said in a joint statement: “Climate change poses a potentially catastrophic threat to all our societies, economies and environment. 2015 is a decisive year for climate negotiations. We need to achieve an ambitious international agreement to limit global temperature rises to below 2 degrees C. Today’s Climate Change Forum is an opportunity to exchange views with Brunei Darussalam on the preparatory work needed to achieve a successful outcome at the Paris Conference.”
Special guest was Yang Mulia Awg Hj Muhammad Lutfi bin Abdullah, Permanent Secretary (Administration & Finance), Ministry of Development, who gave opening remarks. The French Ambassador-at-Large for Climate Negotiations in Asia Oceania, His Excellency Philippe Zeller, delivered a keynote address on the Paris Conference. Tuan Hj Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Development gave the Bruneian government’s perspective. Dr Weerawat Chantarakome, CEO of Brunei National Energy Research Institute (BNERI), set out the scientific context for negotiations within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The event concluded with a panel discussion moderated by David Vincent, Head of the UK Foreign Office’s South East Asia Climate Change & Energy Network.
Participants at the Monday event included government officials, members of the French Brunei Business Association, the Britain Brunei Business Association and others interested in climate change issues.
Note for Editors
Ambassador Philippe Zeller is willing to give press interviews after the Forum ends.
Similar French-German-British climate diplomacy events are being held throughout the world during June.
International climate change negotiations are conducted in the frame of an international treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which was established in 1992 to consider how to limit average global temperature increases and the resulting climate change. The ultimate goal of the UN climate negotiations is to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting the global average temperature increase to no more than 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels.
The annual Conference of the Parties (COP) is the UNFCCC’s highest decision-making authority. All Parties to the UNFCCC have committed to agreeing a new global, legally binding deal, applicable to all and to take effect from 2020, by Paris (COP 21) in December 2015.
UNFCCC Parties have agreed to bring forward their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) before Paris. These IDNCs are to include details of national emissions reductions which countries undertake to make as part of the international effort to keep global temperatures within safe levels.
South East Asia is highly vulnerable to climate change. Most of the region’s 600 million people and economic activity is vulnerable to extreme weather events and sea level rise. The region’s natural resources are at risk from warming, changes in precipitation patterns, coastal inundation and ocean acidification. Extreme temperatures threaten serious health impacts in big cities.