The Parliamentarians for Peace (P4P) compose a transnational and transpartisan network of Members of national parliaments committed to prevent new threats for peace. Created and curated by the Open Diplomacy Institute, this program is powered by the Normandy World Peace Forum. The P4P adopted their Peace Policy Platform on October 2nd 2020, at the Forum in Caen: based on principles of international cooperation agreed upon across national and political boundaries, this Platform refers to solutions addressing the most pressing international challenges discussed by the P4P.
On January 14th 2021, the P4P met with project leaders and policy makers carrying out solutions identified to face climate change, recalling together that “ensuring peace requires much more ambition in our guardianship of the planet, to better protect it and share its resources more fairly”.
First, they led a hearing of Dr. Youba Sokona, Vice-president of the IPCC, and agreed to the following principles he outlined for the collective efforts in the year to come:
- Supporting all political efforts to make 2021 a milestone in tackling the environment crisis, as the United States of America aim at returning to the Paris Climate Agreement and as nationally-determined contributions are much expected ahead of COP26, co-chaired by Italy and the United Kingdom;
- Advancing the Sustainable Development Goals framework as the world faces a dramatic backslide of the 2030 Agenda due to the COVID-19 crisis and as the collapse of biodiversity is intertwined with the higher pandemic risk;
- Ensuring high-ambition and consistency in addressing the twin crises of biodiversity and climate as we both look forward to the COP 15 for Biodiversity in Kunming (China) and the COP 26 for Climate in Glasgow (UK).
Second, the P4P met with Benjamin Larroquette, Regional Technical Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation at the UN Development Program, and expressed their support to the Early Warning Systems, aimed at anticipating geopolitical consequences of climate disruptions and building more resilient communities.
Third, the P4P met Valentin Post, CEO of FINISH Mondial, deputed by the WASTE Foundation, and commended its efforts to develop pathways to a more circular economy, through their implementation of local programmes aiming at reducing human footprint.
“Amongst many dangers, the environmental crisis is one of the most hazardous geopolitical disruptors which requires bold and urgent policy solutions” said the P4P, enhancing the call to global governance to further advance our ambition of prevention, mitigation and adaptation.