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15,000 people marching for climate justice in Lima, during the COP20 meeting in December 2014.

COP20: It is going too slow

The Lima climate talks closed on December 14th 2014. There was some progress made, which secured the roadmap to COP21 in Paris in 2015, when the world must decide upon a new global climate agreement. But all in all, the work is going too slow and many countries are not realizing the urgency.


Diakonia was present at the negotiations in Lima, Peru, and cooperated closely with partners and the ACT Alliance network during the meeting.

The two weeks of negotiations on how to steer clear of irreversible damage from climate change, showed that parties lacks a sense of urgency. Many countries are refusing to step out of their comfort zones, resulting in little progress during the meeting.

A climate finance roadmap is necessary

One of the expected results of the COP20 meeting was a finance roadmap toward 2020 and clarity on the information countries will have to submit about their commitments to reduce emissions and about financing commitments. However, the guidance on these matters is still unclear.

The global movement is growing

While on the policy level there has been little progress, engagement by concerned citizens is growing. As an example of this, about 15,000 people marched the streets of Lima for climate justice during the meeting.

Looking ahead

During 2015 pressure is mounting to achieve results in the negotiations leading up to the main meeting in Paris in December. There, a new global agreement with concrete commitments is expected.

“It’s surprising to see such little progress in Lima in the light of the obvious consequences of inaction. Diakonia and the civil society will continue to demand of all governments to act for a global, ambitious and fair agreement” says Petter Lydén who is Diakionia’s policy advisor on climate change.