Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner – UNGA Event 2020
Source: Climate Vulnerable Forum
H.E. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Climate Envoy of the Marshall Islands and CVF Thematic Ambassador for Culture
Climate Vulnerable Forum Leaders Event
October 7, 2020
Our futures are counting on #climateaction. Join the #MidnightClimateSurvival call for all nations to commit to upgraded nationally determined contributions (NDCs).@kathykijiner reminds us why creativity and cultural creators are a vital part of survival and systemic change: pic.twitter.com/pCoD6lIlea— The Agam Agenda (@agamagenda) October 8, 2020
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- Iakwe aolep from the Marshall Islands. I am happy to be here today representing as Ambassador for Culture, as well as representing our islands at this important event. Culture plays an important role in our fight on climate change, and I look forward to the myriad of ways we’ll be employing the use of culture in our Countdown to Midnight Campaigns.
- CULTURE AMBASSADOR, CVF RELATIONSHIP. VIRTUAL CONF. RMI LEDI agreed to this position of Culture Ambassador within the CVF because of my passion for the arts, and because of our relationship with CVF. Before COVID-19, CVF launched the first virtual conference hosted by the Marshall Islands. Marshall Islands, even with our limited capacity and access to wifi, were able to demonstrate creative, emissions cutting options to combat climate change. In this era of COVID, this has become a daily norm, and RMI is proud to have led the way first.
- COVID ERA SHOWS CAPABLE OF CHANGE. INTERCONNECTIONS. CREATIVITY. CULTURAL CREATORS. DEEP EMOTIONS FOR SHIFTING CONSCIOUSNESS.
This era of covid has shown us that we are capable of enacting the changes necessary to adapt and protect our communities and environment. It’s also exposed the cracks in our systems and the ways our struggles are interconnected. And as we continue our work to advocate for climate justice, I hope we remember that creativity is what is needed to move forward. This is a structural, intersectional issue that requires out of the box thinking. Cultural creators have the capability to communicate this threat, to engage our deepest emotions to mobilize us and shift our consciousness towards a systemic change.
- As Culture Ambassador I look forward to advocating for the power of culture as a means to tackle climate change. We’ll be promoting transnational artistic collaborations on climate issues involving different CVF members, commencing with the launch of the “Agam” poetry collective book in 2020, amongst other projects.
- RMI PRACTICE OF BIRTHDAYS In the Marshall Islands a cultural practice is to celebrate our birthdays at midnight. I have memories of waking up bleary eyed to my 90 year old grandmother singing and clapping for me. I look forward to celebrating the countries that will bring their NDC’s forward at midnight – celebrating the birth of a new era of climate justice.
I would like to summarize a few key points that emerged from the discussion. Firstly, we do have options and we do have a role to play in terms of parliamentary action even during the remainder of this year. Martin pointed out that it’s only weeks to go, but as we see every day, even a week is a long time in politics, so let’s make use of the time that we have in hand.
Mr. Saber Chowdhury, Honorary President Inter-Parliamentary Union Chair, Bangladesh Parliamentary Standing Committee on MoEFCC Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker Maldives People’s Majlis CVF Thematic Ambassador for Ambition Ms. Loren Legarda, Deputy Speaker Philippines CVF Thematic Ambassador for Parliaments Ladies and gentlemen participating from countries, international organizations and personalities interested in climate issues,
Excellencies, Honorable participants, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is an honor for me to represent the Royal Government of Bhutan in the Global Parliamentarians Meeting, organized by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).