EFEMarrakesh (Morocco)

The 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) began on Monday in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh with a call for climate justice among the people.

French Environment Minister and outgoing president of the climate summit in France, Ségolène Royal, opened the COP 22 and stressed that this meeting was an opportunity to achieve "climate justice."

Royal congratulated the one hundred countries that have ratified the Paris Agreement that seeks to reduce global emissions, and called upon the remaining 93 countries to follow suit.

The French official said this 2016 summit would pay particular attention to the African continent, a region that suffers most from the effects of a global problem to which it contributes the least.

Following the inauguration, Royal passed the baton to the new president of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar.

Mezouar reiterated Royal's comments on the developing countries most affected by rising global temperatures, adding that sustainable industries would boost their economies.

Over 30,000 people are to participate in the Marrakesh summit in an event that is due to last two weeks.