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Patricia Espinosa: 2021 crucial for future of humanity

patricia espinosa

Nearly three decades ago, during the Earth Summit held in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, the international community acknowledged the need to address the growing challenges posed by the state of the environment. Several resolutions and agreements emerged from that historic conference, among them the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The ultimate goal of this multilateral initiative has been to prevent unchecked, ...

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Leaders build climate ambition at Earth Day summit

Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called on leaders everywhere to take urgent climate action.  “Mother Nature is not waiting,” he said. “We need a green planet – but the world is on red alert.” UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres The UN Chief, who made the submission on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at the opening of the two-day Leaders’ Summit on Climate hosted ...

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To save the climate, recognise our land rights, indigenous leaders tell summit

Tuntiak Katan

The Global Alliance of Territorial Communities, a coalition of organisations representing Indigenous and local communities from Brazil, Indonesia and the nations of the Amazon and Mesoamerica, has called for the recognition of the ancestral and traditional peoples’ lands. Tuntiak Katan, coordinator of the Global Alliance of Territorial Communities The call was made on Thursday, April 22, 2021 during the Leaders’ ...

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Leaders’ Climate Summit: Lofty words but blurred plan

Joe Biden

Some 40 world leaders gathered to participate in the Biden Administration’s first step onto the international climate stage. The Leaders’ Summit on Climate took place from April 22 to 23, 2021. U.S. President Joe Biden at the Leaders’ Climate Summit The summit saw global leaders making big promises on carbon emission reduction, but the biggest red flag from climate activists ...

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Nigeria supports global action on Paris climate agreement, says Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the international community of Nigeria’s readiness to mobilise relevant stakeholders towards climate action, as well as support for regional, continental and global multilateral initiatives on attaining the objectives of the Paris Agreement. President Muhammadu Buhari attending the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate The Nigerian leader, who gave the assurance at a virtual Leaders Summit on ...

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Leaders’ Summit on Climate: Adesina says Africa is ‘ground zero’ of crisis

Akinwunmi Adesina

African Development Bank (AfDB) President, Dr. Akinwumi A. Adesina, on Thursday, April 22, 2021 joined 40 heads of state and government at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate, where the United States, Japan and Canada announced ambitious climate targets to address the escalating emergency. AfDB president, Akinwunmi Adesina United States President Joe Biden said the US would aim to cut carbon ...

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Least Developed Countries urge world leaders to show greater leadership on climate

Lotay Tshering

Over the last two days, 40 world leaders, including leaders from Bhutan, Bangladesh and Democratic Republic of Congo, addressed the US-hosted Leaders Summit on Climate. Dr Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister of Bhutan Prime Minister of the Royal Government of Bhutan, Dr Lotay Tshering, addressed the Summit representing Bhutan and the Least Developed Countries Group. Tshering thanked President Joe Biden “for ...

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‘Biden’s target insufficient’ – Reactions trail Leaders’ Climate Summit

Leaders’ Climate Summit

The Leaders’ Climate Summit on Thursday, April 22, 2021 brought together over 40 world leaders to outline ambitious new actions that will steer the world to a 1.5C pathway. Leaders’ Climate Summit According to observers, current climate targets, including announcements made on Thursday by the US, Japan, and Canada, fail to meet the level of ambition needed to avert climate ...

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PACJA urges Biden to secure fair climate deal for Africa

Mithika Mwenda

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), a coalition of African CSOs advancing a just, inclusive and people-centred global climate regime, on Thursday, April 22, 2021 called on the US President, Joe Biden, to rally the West to raise their carbon reduction ambitions, honour pledges on the Green Climate Fund and foster an equitable post-COVID-19 pandemic global recovery plan that ...

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Biden, at climate summit, pledges to halve U.S. emissions by 2030

Joe Biden

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday, April 22, 2021 pledged to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade compared to 2005 levels. U.S. President Joe Biden at the Leaders’ Climate Summit The promise came at an online summit Biden convened with 40 world leaders aimed at getting major economies to set more ambitious carbon-slashing goals. ...

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