The Grenadian veteran local weather advocate instructed leaders there should be no backsliding at Cop27 as world emissions have to halve this decade
Newly appointed UN Local weather Change head Simon Stiell has warned leaders “there could be no backsliding” on worldwide local weather efforts forward of the subsequent local weather summit in Egypt.
Grenada’s former local weather and surroundings minister, who took the reins of the UN local weather physique on the finish of August, made the feedback at an occasion on the UN normal meeting on Monday. This was his first public intervention within the position.
The world is at “an inflection level,” Stiell instructed the plenary corridor in New York. “The science is obvious, if we proceed to do what we’re doing, we’re going to fall off a cliff edge.”
Whereas many world leaders have been attending the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II throughout the Atlantic, those that arrived to the UN early have been discussing sustainable improvement.
To satisfy the Paris Settlement objectives, world emissions must be halved by 2030, stated Stiell. “Give it some thought… That’s equal to 2 World Cup finals, two Olympic finals to go”.
Upcoming Cop27 talks in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, in November have to ship “progress and path,” he stated.
UN local weather negotiations are shifting from goal and rule-setting to implementation, throughout 4 negotiation tracks: reducing emissions, dealing with impacts, finance and addressing losses and damages from impacts which might’t be tailored to.
Cop27, Stiell stated, has to “recognise the urgency of what must be achieved and the size of the response that’s required.”
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Stiell is taking over the management of UN Local weather Change at a time when geopolitical tensions are creating headwinds to motion.
On the Cop26 local weather summit, the previous minister led consultations with Danish surroundings minister Dan Jørgensen on how international locations can scale back their emissions sooner this decade to maintain 1.5C inside attain.
These discussions led to international locations agreeing to “revisit and strengthen” their 2030 local weather plans by the top of 2022.
Australia, Egypt and the UAE have up to date their local weather plans. India formalised its Cop26 commitments. There was coverage progress within the US, with the passage of a landmark local weather invoice.
However most G20 international locations have but to reply the decision.
As an alternative, the vitality disaster triggered by Russia’s struggle on Ukraine has seen many countries ramp up fossil gas manufacturing at residence and search different gasoline provides abroad.
Supply: Climate Change News