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UN, Britain plan online climate summit in December
(EurActiv, 25 Sep 2020) fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, in a last-ditch bid to have countries meet a deadline to upgrade their emissions-cutting pledges.
The aim is to inject momentum into global efforts to combat climate change, after this year’s planned UN climate summit in Glasgow was postponed by a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the online summit on 12 December would be “an important moment to continue raising climate ambition.”
Guterres also urged big emitters like China and the European Union – both of which announced tougher climate targets this month – to follow up on those commitments with concrete plans and policies.
Nearly 200 signatories to the Paris Agreement pledged to update their 2015 commitments before the end of 2020, but no large emitters have formally submitted new pledges to the UN.
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