Paris, France – The President of AWEPA, Minister of State Ms. Miet Smet, attended a Parliamentary Meeting, held in conjunction with the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21/CMP11). The meeting, organised jointly by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the French Parliament, took place on 5-6 December 2015 in the French National Assembly and Senate. It brought together parliamentarians attending the Climate Change Conference as members of official national delegations or in any other capacity, such as observers representing civil society organisations.
The Parliamentary Meeting aimed to provide parliamentarians with an opportunity to obtain first-hand information on the main issues and approaches of COP21/CMP11; interact with government negotiators involved in the Conference decision-making process; gain better knowledge of the recommendations adopted by the IPU with regard to parliamentary action on climate change; and exchange views on parliamentary follow-up to the Climate Change Conference.
At the conclusion of the Meeting, a succinct outcome document was adopted and later conveyed to the UN Climate Change Conference.
Participants are also discussed s a forward-looking Parliamentary Action Plan on Climate Change, to be submitted to the Governing Council of the IPU for formal endorsement during the IPU statutory session in Lusaka, Zambia, in March 2016.