David Tong is the Chair of the P3 Foundation.
Last week, Venezuela hosted an unprecedented PreCOP meeting between ministers and negotiators from 40 countries and representatives from some 80 civil society organisations and social movements worldwide.
Here are five important points about the Social PreCOP to know before next month’s climate talks in Lima.
1) The Social PreCOP set a new precedent for civil society engagement with the UNFCCC
Last week’s Social PreCOP was the first meeting of its kind. Although Venezuela also hosted a civil society-only meeting on Margarita Island in July, last week’s meeting was the first truly international meeting between civil society representatives and government negotiators before the UN climate talks.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, civil society organisations and social movements worked with the Venezuelan secretariat to prepare for the Social PreCOP by refining July’s Margarita Declaration into a shorter, tighter document.
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