In a bid to accelerate actions towards implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, United Nations’ Secretary-General, António Guterres has called on leaders from government, business, and civil society, to attend the 2019 Climate Action Summit with plans to address the global climate emergency.
The UN Secretary-General urged world leaders to come with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.
The Summit which will take on center stage on 23 September, at the UN headquarters in New York, will spark the transformation that is urgently needed and propel action that will benefit nations. It will bring together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities, and other international organizations to develop ambitious solutions against climate change effects.
The UN Secretary-General who stressed the need to be effective and credible in the resilience against climate change urged world leaders to show the way towards a full transformation of economies in line with sustainable development goals.
Guterres charged the leaders to be fair and create new opportunities and protections for those negatively impacted, in the context of a just transition, while also advocating for women to be key decision-makers, as gender-diverse decision-making has the capacity to tackle the different needs that will emerge.
“I want to hear about how we are going to stop the increase in emissions by 2020, and dramatically reduce emissions to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century.” The UN leader pointed.
The Summit will tackle climate issues on six areas: 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.
In order to ensure that the transformative actions in the real economy are as impactful as possible, the Secretary-General has prioritized the following action portfolios, which are recognized as having high potential to curb greenhouse gas emissions and increased global action on adaptation and resilience.
The action portfolios include Finance; Energy Transition; Industry Transition; Nation-Based Solutions; Cities and Local Action; Resilience and Adaptation; Mitigation Strategy; Youth Engagement and Public Mobilization; Social and Political Drivers.
The impacts of climate change are being felt across the globe with dire consequences on food and nutrition. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing the world dearly, but there is a growing recognition that affordable, plausible solutions will enable nations leapfrog to cleaner and more resilient economies.
World leaders and attendees at the summit will seek to stir an ambitious action towards 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.