Climate change is a key priority articulated in the Government’s policy for international development, A Better World. My Department has been proactively involved in Ireland’s preparation and contribution to 25th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP25), including active engagement in discussions on adaptation to climate change – an issue which is of utmost importance for people on the frontline of climate impacts. My Department supported the attendance of young people from Ireland at COP25 and, following the change of venue to Madrid, the participation of civil society from Latin America.
Shortly before COP25, Ireland was asked to join an intergovernmental declaration on children, youth and climate change led by UNICEF. Following consultation with the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, the lead Department on climate action, and with reference to existing Irish legislation in relation to the protection of the environment, it was established that Ireland would be unable to sign the intergovernmental declaration in its current form at COP25.