In order to ensure that the transformative actions in the real economy are as impactful as possible, the
UN Secretary-General has prioritized six action portfolios, which are recognized as having high potential to curb
greenhouse gas emissions and increased global action on adaptation and
CLIMATE ACTION PORTFOLIOS
5. Cities and Local
6. Resilience and
8. Youth Engagement
& Public Mobilization
9. Social and Political
Global emissions are reaching record levels and show no sign of peaking. The last four years were the four hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C since 1990. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heatwaves and risks to
The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives.
Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.
The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and even, as asked by the latest science, to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Thankfully, we have the Paris Agreement – a visionary, viable, forward-looking policy framework that sets out exactly what needs to be done to stop climate disruption and reverse its impact. But the agreement itself is meaningless without ambitious action.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on all leaders to come to New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing
greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.
US KILLS GETTING IT OUT -
Mining is traditionally a dangerous occupation. If a mine
collapse does not get you, the carcinogenic dust will do you
no good and then you'll die from heat exhaustion as the
climate hots up to kill all of us.
To be effective and credible, these plans cannot address mitigation alone: they must show the way toward a full transformation of economies in line with sustainable development goals. They should not create winners and losers or add to economic inequality; they must be fair and create new opportunities and protections for those negatively impacted, in the context of a just transition. And they should also include women as key decision-makers: only gender-diverse decision-making has the capacity to tackle the different needs that will emerge in this coming period of critical transformation.
The Summit will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions in six areas: a global transition to renewable energy; sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities; sustainable
agriculture and management of forests and oceans; resilience and adaptation to climate impacts; and alignment of public and private finance with a net zero economy.
Business is on our side. Accelerated climate solutions can strengthen our economies and create jobs, while bringing cleaner air, preserving natural habitats and biodiversity, and protecting our environment.
New technologies and engineering solutions are already delivering energy at a lower cost than the fossil-fuel driven economy. Solar and onshore wind are now the cheapest sources of new bulk power in virtually all major economies. But we must set radical change in motion.
This means ending subsidies for fossil fuels and high-emitting agriculture and shifting towards renewable energy,
electric vehicles and climate-smart practices. It means carbon pricing that reflects the true cost of emissions, from climate risk to the health hazards of air pollution. And it means accelerating the closure of
coal plants and halting the construction of new ones and replacing jobs with healthier alternatives so that the transformation is just, inclusive and profitable.
CHANGE COP HISTORY
COP 1, BERLIN, GERMANY
COP 2, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
COP 3, KYOTO, JAPAN
COP 4, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
COP 5, BONN, GERMANY
6, THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
COP 7, MARRAKECH, MOROCCO
COP 8, NEW DELHI, INDIA
COP 9, MILAN, ITALY
COP 10, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
COP 11/CMP 1, MONTREAL, CANADA
COP 12/CMP 2, NAIROBI, KENYA
COP 13/CMP 3, BALI, INDONESIA
COP 14/CMP 4, POZNAN, POLAND
COP 15/CMP 5, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK
COP 16/CMP 6, CANCUN, MEXICO
COP 17/CMP 7, DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA
COP 18/CMP 8, DOHA, QATAR
COP 19/CMP 9, WARSAW, POLAND
COP 20/CMP 10, LIMA, PERU
COP 21/CMP 11, Paris, France
COP 22/CMP 12/CMA 1, Marrakech, Morocco
COP 23/CMP 13/CMA 2, Bonn, Germany
COP 24/CMP 14/CMA 3, Katowice, Poland
COP 25/CMP 15/CMA 4, Santiago, Chile
COP 26/CMP 16/CMA 5, UK contenders
DESERTIFICATION COP HISTORY
COP 1: Rome, Italy, 29
Sept to 10 Oct 1997
COP 9: Buenos Aires,
Argentina, 21 Sept to 2 Oct 2009
COP 2: Dakar,
Nov to 11 Dec 1998
COP 10: Changwon, South
Korea, 10 to 20
COP 3: Recife, Brazil, 15 to 26
COP 11: Windhoek,
Namibia, 16 to 27
COP 4: Bonn, Germany, 11 to 22
COP 12: Ankara, Turkey, 12 to 23
COP 5: Geneva,
Switzerland, 1 to 12
COP 13: Ordos City,
China, 6 to 16
COP 6: Havana, Cuba, 25 August to 5
COP 14: New Delhi, India, 2 to 13
COP 7: Nairobi, Kenya, 17 to 28
COP 15: 2020
COP 8: Madrid, Spain, 3 to 14
COP 16: 2021
1: 1994 Nassau,
Bahamas, Nov & Dec
Curitiba, Brazil, 8 Mar
Jakarta, Indonesia, Nov
9: 2008 Bonn,
3: 1996 Buenos
Aires, Argentina, Nov
Nagoya, Japan, Oct
Bratislava, Slovakia, May
1999 Cartagena, Colombia, Feb
Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, Oct
Nairobi, Kenya, May
Cancun, Mexico, 2 to 17 Dec
6: 2002 The
Hague, Netherlands, April
Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, 17 to 29 Nov
7: 2004 Kuala
Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb
15: 2020 Kunming, Yunnan, China
STEPS TOWARD A COOLER PLANET
Phase out polluting vehicles. Government aims to end the sale of new petrol,
and diesel vehicles by
2040 but have no infrastructure
plan to support such ambition. Marine transport can be carbon neutral.
Renewable energy should replace carbon-based fuels (coal,
oil and gas) in our
electricity, heating and transport.
On site micro or macro generation is the best option, starting with new
We need trees to
absorb carbon emissions from a growing population, flying, and to build new
homes. Reducing food waste and promoting less energy intensive eating habits
such as no meat Mondays.
Factories should be aiming for solar heating and onsite renewable energy
- National governing bodies need to adopt policies to eliminate
administrative wastages, to include scaling down spending on war machines,
educating the public and supporting sustainable social policies that mesh
with other cultures. Curbing kleptocratic
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