Statement from Climate Conscience Summit, Fez, Morocco
November 2016 (Preceding - COP22, the 2016 UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco)
Reunited here this Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Fez, the spiritual and scientific capital of the Kingdom of Morocco, inspired by its ancient history and civilizational heritage, humanism and coexistence;
We, women and men of good will from various spiritual, religious and scientific backgrounds from around the world, are participating in the Fez Climate Conscience Summit under the High patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and at the invitation of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Morocco and the Rabita Mohammedia of Ulemas:
UN Climate Change Conference 'COP22'
Fez Morrocco, November 2016
Extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to:
1. The Commander of the Faithful, His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, for having placed under his High patronage, our Summit in view of the launch of the COP22 Summit Presidency in Marrakech, as well as for launching the many initiatives supported by His Majesty the King that aim to successfully make an ecological transition to fight climate change.
2. The entry into force on November 4th 2016 of the Paris Agreement for the climate;
3. The engagement of the Parties' to ensure the necessary complementarity, through their specific national contributions (NDC) to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C;
4. The transition, since 2015, towards a low-carbon development model, through, in addition to the Paris Agreement, the establishment of a new global partnership mechanism for sustainable development with the adoption of sustainable development goals to be attained by 2030; the development of a framework to limit the risks of natural disasters in Sydney and a program of action for the development of finance in Addis Ababa, as well as the ratification in Kigali of the agreement of the Parties involved in the Montreal Protocol, to fight global warming, as well as the Montreal Agreement on Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in civil aviation;
5. The original founding initiative to hold a Climate Conscience Summit, the 21st of July, 2015 in Paris, the initiative for a Universal Declaration of Humanity Rights launched in 2015 and all the initiatives and appeals coming from various beliefs and religions and organizations, which are aware of the need to appeal to the spiritual and ethical values to address climate challenges;
6. The high-level contribution of religious and cultural institutions, as well the contributions of scientific, philosophical, environmental actors as well as artists that took part in the Summit, allowing us to mobilize collective intelligence for an open and positive dialogue based on shared values.
7. To consider climate change as a major threat to our life here together, to peace in the world, to the future of humanity and to life on earth;
8. To foster dialogue between religions, beliefs and cultures in order to strengthen the awareness and responsibility of citizens and peoples of the world towards the environment through a new ethic based on an environmental, climate and societal responsibility;
9. To establish academic chairs and specialized research in the study of the link between religions and civilizations and the climate;
10. To launch an intergenerational dynamic to convey, especially to children and youth, ancestral heritages in relation to values, tolerance and good environmental practices in places of worship, in education, in the arts as well as through the media and through digital applications; to transform these legacies into expertise, skills and innovations that will contribute to a change in individual and collective behaviors and gradually break with our current excessive and irresponsible consumption patterns;
11. To converge all consciences, in their diversity and their specificities, to develop a platform for a universal global consciousness, based on the shared human values with all its spiritual, emotional, scientific and cultural capital and translate it into actions and initiatives to mobilize the large-scale energy to deal with "the crisis of excess";
12. Increase the resilience of consciences by capitalizing on the common humanist heritage and convergence through listening, dialogue and exchange involving the obligation of the unity of mankind, the elevation of empathy and compassion between people and nature, tolerance and spiritual and cultural solidarity as a condition for the challenges of living together on our planet Earth;
13. Support UNESCO's initiative to preserve, consolidate and enhance the knowledge, local practices and traditional expressions in connection with the environmental dimension, incorporating the universal cultural heritage;
14. Create a global network of organizations and initiatives in the field of interreligious and intercultural dialogue on climate, led by the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of the Kingdom of Morocco, in collaboration with the Rabita Mohammedia of Ulemas, to coordinate and develop the network platform;
15. Develop a "Theo-Green-Map"; an interactive database incorporating religious initiatives related to the environment and climate, and facilitating the sharing and free access to information on philosophical and religious experiences for the benefit of the environment in order to enrich the agenda of climate solutions and alternatives and achieve a universal understanding of the subject;
16. Set up the “Observatory of the Call of Fez for a Universal Climate Conscience” (OCFUCC) that ensures periodical monitoring, through relevant and specific indicators, of climate awareness evaluating the evolution of values, behaviors and lifestyles of the citizens, governments and nongovernmental actors in relation to the preservation of environmental balance;
17. Adopt an eco-responsible behavior in the construction and management of places of worship and cultural and creative spaces through sustainable investment, renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation while preserving the surrounding ecosystems.
Call the COP 22 in Marrakech, Chair and Parties, to:
18. Make the COP 22 the starting point of a new era in which proactive climate awareness is recognized as a key factor in our relationship with our planet, in order to break:
Excessive consumption habits and destructive of resources;
Negative and wait-and-see behaviors that do not contribute to the preservation of our planet, humanity and all other species;
All forms of selfishness, waste and compromising indifference to the future of humanity.
19. Appeal to the beliefs, spirituality and the values ??of responsibility and sustainability issued from our common spiritual heritage in the development and implementation of policies and measures to be adopted during the COP 22;
20. Involve representatives of religious and cultural institutions and actors associated with ecology, education and human rights, in order to contribute to the decisions and the implementation of programs relating to mitigation and adaptation to climate change;
21. Integrate human development and sustainable development in national contributions of the Parties (NDC) to ensure decent living conditions for the populations in their living spaces through infrastructure, health, education, food security and fighting climate migration;
22. Ensure the integrity of climate science production and ensure, in the context of climate equity, to make up for the deficit in scientific knowledge and data on the effects of climate imbalances in the least developed countries and island states most subjects to climate change threats as well as the most vulnerable land and marine ecosystems;
23. Facilitate the access of developing countries to the results of research, development and climate innovation through technology transfer and capacity building;
24. Act for the organization, in parallel to each COP, a Conference of Consciences for Climate (COC) with the participation of religious, spiritual, philosophical and cultural leaders of the world to guide us towards a better future for our planet.
Drawn up in Fez, 3 Safar in the year 1438 corresponding to November 3, 2016