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Climate change: Most countries committing to new targets

  • Published at 04:55 pm November 18th, 2020
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The development reflects widespread support for the Paris Agreement and its implementation that has been tested by the Covid-19 pandemic

A new analysis by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) has shown that over three quarters of the world’s countries have formally committed to strengthen their national targets to combat the climate emergency.

The commitments come ahead of the December 31 United Nations 

(UN) deadline for all countries to improve on their own climate action pledges under the landmark 2015 accord.

The finding was announced in a press release by CVF on Wednesday.

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The development reflects widespread support for the Paris Agreement and its implementation that has been tested by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Paris Agreement calls all signatory countries to submit stronger climate targets, or nationally determined contributions (NDCs), every 5 years. In-line with the Paris Agreement, all countries’ first updated NDC is due in 2020, by midnight on December 31.

So far, 151 countries have confirmed, through a series of recent and official resolutions and announcements, their intention to submit stronger NDCs before the deadline.

Md Shahab Uddin, minister of environment, forest and climate change of Bangladesh, said: “The lion’s share of nations have committed to deliver on Paris Agreement obligations this year, with stronger 2030 climate targets — but we are not still sure of their delivery, strength and effort. Weak ambition has turned up the planet’s pressure cooker to the limit and threatens our very right to survival. Only the boldest efforts right now can save us and the 1.5°C goal.”

Highlighting that vulnerable countries are working hard to deliver new 2030 climate commitments by the end of 2020, he called on richer nations, especially those most responsible for climate change, to play their part.

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