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A statement signed by 154 religious leaders from different faith groups calling for climate action has been handed over to the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres.

While country representatives gather in Bonn this week to work on the draft text for December’s climate conference in Paris, religious leaders issued the call reminding all governments to commit to emission cuts and climate risk reduction, whilst pledging important contributions from their own faith communities, including divestment from fossil energy.

The call was handed over by a delegation of religious leaders headed by South African Archbishop Thabo Makgoba.

For the leaders, the Paris conference at the end of the year is a key moment to “translate ecological responsibility into concrete action on the way towards a more sustainable future.”

The statement also stresses climate justice vis-à-vis upcoming generations and developing countries.

Spiritual leaders are calling both for ambitious visions to effectively fight climate change and to show realism in the negotiations.

They also emphasize that the goal of Paris must be a fair, universal and binding agreement that embraces all countries.

In addition, they called for the internationally agreed USD 100 billion in climate finance annually by 2020 to be delivered and expressed their support for the goal of 100 % renewable energy worldwide by 2050.

During the meeting with Christiana Figueres, faith leaders expressed their confidence that the UN climate change process will result in effective action.

See the corresponding press release and the statement.

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