ECO presents its compliments to all delegates of Parties, representatives of the media and of observer organizations.
The United Nations will commemoratethe 70th Anniversary of the adoption of the UN Declaration of Human Rights on the 10th December 2018.
On this occasion and to celebrate the progress achieved by Parties, we wish to invite you all to join thefestivities in Katowice, Poland, during COP24 by ensuring that human rights are respected, promoted and taken into consideration in climate action as outlined in the opening paragraphs of the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement implementation guidelines offer an important tool to support and promote the efforts made by Parties to ensure that human rights serve as a basis for their implementation of effective and sustainable climate action, placing peoples and communities at the core of mitigation and adaptation action. COP24 is the occasion to remind the world of the importance of these norms.
COP24 will also finalize the operationalization of the Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform. This is a critical body to ensure that Indigenous Peoples” participation is strengthened in the UNFCCC process and that traditional knowledge supports the implementation of the Paris Agreement in line with the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
ECO avails itself of this opportunity to reiterate to all delegates the assurances of its highest consideration.