A Working Group to establish GLOBE Peru was created by resolution adopted by Congress on the 30th of September 2013. That consensus was ratified through Mesa 045-2013-2014/MESA-CR Agreement of 2 October 2013 by which the constitution of the Peru Chapter of the Global Legislators Organisation (GLOBE) was formally ratified.
The inaugural meeting of GLOBE Peru took place on 17 December 2013 in the Peruvian Congress. Congressman Daniel Fernando Abugattás Majluf, former President of the Peruvian Congress, was elected as the first President of GLOBE Peru.
The group has a membership of 42 parliamentarians, representing all political groups in the Peruvian Congress. Its mission is to raise awareness about the effects of climate change on biodiversity and its aims at drafting guidelines for legislative action and advance relevant legislation in Congress. GLOBE Peru intends to support and actively participate in the upcoming COP20/CMP10 to be held in Lima in December 2014.
Minister Manuel Pulgar addressing the inaugural meeting of GLOBE Peru
The Peruvian Environment Minister Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, participated in the inaugural meeting and congratulated the parliamentary initiative which, in his words, demonstrated how Peru, which is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change, is willing to find ways to address this issue. On the occasion, the Minister said: "Several countries in the world have already developed national climate change laws. Mexico is one of them. Mexico passed legislation hosting the COP in Cancun in 2010. Whilst we are deeply aware that there is scepticism about the possibility of enacting effective legislation on climate change at the national level we believe that we can win the argument by passing progressive legislation on climate which also focuses on the green growth agenda"
GLOBE Peru adopted a work programme which details the following activities:
- The Chapter will convene leaders of public and private Peruvian organisations to contribute to the debate to strengthen the action of Congress and the government on climate and biodiversity.
- The Chapter will work to promote the implementation of the policy adopted by the Peruvian National Committee on Climate Change, which is responsible for the coordination of the implementation of the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer in Peru, with the various public and private bodies concerned by the matter and receive their reports to assess the effectiveness of public policies.
- GLOBE Peru will evaluate and provide feedback on policies, national strategies and actions on climate change, on the protection of the environment and biodiversity that are being developed in Peru by the national government and by subnational governments.
- GLOBE Peru will support and participate in the COP20/CMP10 Conference of Parties on Climate Change to be held in Lima in December 2014.
- The Chapter will introduce a multiparty draft law to reinforce or redirect state actions relating to environmental protection and biodiversity.
- The chapter will also investigate, with the support of experts, the effects of economic development on the environment, especially as it pertains to climate-resilient infrastructures, to the incorporation of the natural capital accounting and forest policies.
A coordination meeting of the GLOBE Peru Chapter in the Peruvian Congress chaired by Hon. Daniel Fernando Abugattás