October 30 2015 - With a month to go before the COP 21 climate summit in Paris Christian Aid has welcomed today’s publication of the UN’s aggregation report, summarising country actions that will make up the global deal.
But Christian Aid’s Senior Climate Advisor, Mohamed Adow, said the report highlighted the need of an ‘ambition accelerator’, a mechanism to review and increase ambition, more than ever.
“The impending Paris summit has been crucial in getting countries to come forward and announce their national plans to cut emissions,” he said. “Without this international pressure many may not have cooperated. It is significant that we have pledges from some 150 countries representing just less than 90 per cent of global emissions.
“But these announced national climate plans must be seen as the floor, not the ceiling of a country’s ambition. Governments must build upon them to deliver stronger action now and into the future.
“The Paris outcome alone won’t prevent climate change, it will just get us closer to the agreed goal of limiting global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius. If fully implemented these pledges will get us to 2.7 degrees Celsius by 2100 but we need a mechanism that will drive future action to get that number down to 2 degrees and preferably lower. We’re already seeing significant climate effects from 0.85 degrees of warming.
“Paris will not be the end of the world’s efforts to tackle climate change, but it might be the end of the beginning. Going forward we will need a five year review mechanism that will track how countries are doing and push them to do more as technology advances and more finance becomes available.”
Global cooperation within this process is at an all-time high and negotiations are on track to deliver a meaningful outcome for the world’s most vulnerable countries. But Mr Adow warned that to get over the finish line richer countries needed to deliver the much anticipated climate finance.
He said: “It is great that a hundred countries have included some kind of adaptation in their national plans. This underlines the need for them to get ready for a changed climate. Poor countries suffering from climate impacts need to prepare for a different world and richer countries need to help them with this.
“Adaptation, and the finance needed to make it a reality, cannot be lip service anymore. It must be included in the Paris negotiations otherwise all the good work leading up this point will be jeopardised.”
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UN climate report shows urgent need for review mechanism says Christian Aid