Thursday, October 03, 2019

This Is What the World Promised at the UN Climate Action Summit

Dozens of promises were made by governments, civil society and business. Accountability is the next step.

Workers set up for the UN climate action summit in New York (Photo Credit: UN Photo/Ariana Lindquist) Click to Enlarge.
Too often countries and companies make climate commitments that grab the media and political spotlight, only for governments or priorities to silently change.

Last week, UN chief António Guterres gathered the world’s political, business, and civil society leaders in New York in an effort to jump start action on climate change.

While the world’s largest emitters failed to present substantive plans on how they are going to drive carbon out of their economies, dozens of announcements on climate action were made over the three-day summit.

CHN is publishing this (non-exhaustive) list of initiatives, promises, and goals with a view toward accountability.  We will be returning in the coming months and asking those listed below: what have you done?
Overall government ambition 
  • 59 countries expressed their intention to enhance their climate plans by the end of next year.  This comes in addition to 11 countries that have already started the process of looking at how they can boost the ambition of their national plans by 2020.
  • 66 countries are planning to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. 
  • All of the least developing countries have pledged to enhance their climate plans next year and reach net zero emissions by 2050.  This is likely to be contingent on receiving climate finance from the wealthiest countries.
Read more at This Is  What the World Promised at the UN Climate  Action Summit

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