The United Nations Climate Summit begins with world leaders setting out their climate ambitions to achieve four climate goals.
– We cannot afford to fail COP26. David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, says EU countries and the G20 must lead the way.
This week and next, leaders of all UN member states will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, to agree on how to tackle human climate change and achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Pressure is mounting for a successful meeting with growing climate ambitions in the wake of increasingly bleak climate predictions.
– We cannot afford to fail COP26. David Sassoli said on Saturday that European Union and G20 countries must lead the way.
In the next few days, world leaders will present their national ambitions and actions to achieve the four sub-goals: a warming preferably less than 1.5 degrees; climate neutrality; plans to protect communities and natural habitats; and mobilizing climate finance for poor countries.
Once plans are presented from each country, the week will continue in depth mobilizing the world for public and private funding to reduce the impact of climate and adapt to societies. Next, work is expected on how the world can accelerate the global transition to clean energy.
Friday will be marked by raising the voice of young people and demonstrating the critical role that protests and education play in climate action. Then the week will end with ensuring the importance of nature and sustainable land use.
In the following week, practical solutions will be presented for adapting to the impact of climate and managing losses and damages in nature. In addition, the importance of gender equality in order to increase women’s participation, research and innovation for climate-smart solutions, transportation to reduce emissions and the transition to green societies will be put on the agenda.
The UN Emissions Gap Report shows that current national plans to tackle climate change are far from adequate. If we are serious about preventing a rise above 1.5°C, said David Sassoli, the precise ambitions must be clear and feasible.
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