Washington, DC - U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Dr. Jonathan Pershing will travel November 10-18 to Marrakech, Morocco to participate in the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP-22. COP-22, which began on November 7 and runs through November 18, is the first such meeting since the historic adoption of the Paris Agreement at COP-21 in December of last year.

The Paris Agreement is the most ambitious, inclusive climate agreement ever achieved. The speed with which it entered into force defied all expectations. This success shows a widespread commitment by the international community to accelerate the fight against climate change.

COP-22 is focused on implementation and action, and with the Paris Agreement in force, the global community is poised to intensify work advancing the national and collective efforts necessary to address this immense challenge. The negotiations at this COP are focused on making progress on developing key rules and guidelines called for in the Paris Agreement

In addition to these negotiations, the COP-22 Global Climate Action Agenda will showcase the many actions that non-state actors, businesses, investors, and communities all around the world are taking in response to the impacts of climate change we are already seeing.

The United States goes to Marrakech excited to begin this next step in our collective efforts and ready to work with our partners from around the world to make good on the promises made in Paris.