The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) took place in from 7-18 November 2016 in Marrakech (Morocco). The United Nations Climate Change Conferences are held yearly. The previous one took place last year in Paris. On this occasion, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew conveyed a message to the participants, in which he refers to 22 years of UN conventions as “an unacceptably long period to respond to the environmental crisis” as he states that “in some ways we have come a long way. Yet, in many ways, we have made little progress”.
The Ecumenical Patriarch calls mankind “to discern the human faces impacted by our ecological sins” and prays that “that all parties at the COP22 will recognize and respond to the high stakes involved in climate change”. According to him, “one way would be to implement the COP21 agreement of Paris without further delay”. Continue reading