Today, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa recognized the hugely important work of the High-Level Champions during an event at the Bonn Climate Change Conference.
The two High-Level Champions are: Mr. Tomasz Chruszczow, Special Envoy for Climate Change from the Ministry of Environment in Poland, and Mr. Gonzalo Muñoz, a social entrepreneur from Chile and Co-Founder and CEO of the recycling company TriCiclos. Mr. Chruszczow was also a High-Level Champion in 2018 and is a long-time veteran of the UNFCCC process who has worn many hats, while Mr. Muñoz received the World Economic Forum’s Circulars Award 2019.
In Bonn, the champions presented the 2019 – 2020 work plan for the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action. The Marrakech Partnership supports implementation of the Paris Agreement by enabling collaboration between governments and the cities, regions, businesses and investors on climate action.
Ms. Espinosa reminded those present at the event “Conversations with the High-Level Champions,” that this is a climate emergency and that we must respond in kind:
“Nations are not on track to achieving their goals. They’re not even close. We have one ultimate goal as a civilization if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change: to limit global temperatures to 1.5 degrees. We are dreadfully off course.”