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Climate action cannot be another victim of coronavirus, says UK Prime Minister

Boris Johnson

UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has called on nations to make ambitious commitments to secure the planet for the next generation, as he addressed a UN Climate Action Roundtable hosted by the UN Secretary-General. Britain’s Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. Photo credit: AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali Boris Johnson attended the virtual roundtable on Thursday, September 24, 2020 via video link from Downing ...

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Govts, businesses, investors ramp up ambition at UN climate Roundtable

António Guterres

The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, has called for every government, business, civil and international organisation in the world to develop a transition plan to net-zero emissions, and boost ambition in finance and adaption as an equal priority to cutting emissions, and the only way to reach the 1.5C temperature goal. António Guterres. UN Secretary General Global leaders on Thursday, September ...

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Groups issue guidance to finance giants on aligning with Paris Agreement goals

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The world’s biggest banks, insurers and money managers are under pressure from the public, politicians, and their shareholders to commit to long term climate goals. Some have already affirmed that they will align their financing with the 2015 Paris Agreement and its goal of a 1.5-degree Celsius cap on climate change. Many more announcements of this type are likely to ...

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Paris Agreement, Africa, and energy transition

Paris Agreement

By most measures, the Paris Agreement is a bad deal for African countries – signing on to bear the economic brunt of fixing a problem to which they have contributed very little. Yet, it could also prove to be a perfectly timed blessing in disguise for Africa’s energy future that would be a shame to see go to waste. Jubilation ...

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UN urges nations to submit climate plans ahead of COP26

patricia espinosa

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has called on countries to submit updated Paris Agreement plans ahead of the 26th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP26) scheduled to hold in 2021. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC Late last week, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, sent out a letter to all 197 parties in ...

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Espinosa urges ministers to unlock Paris Agreement’s full potential

patricia espinosa

Against the backdrop of the Coronavirus pandemic, the 4th session of the Ministerial on Climate Action (MoCA) took place on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 with a focus on aligning global recovery measures with the Paris Agreement, and improving resilience against future crises. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC The virtual meeting was jointly chaired by the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President, Frans Timmermans; ...

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South Africa bankrolling billions in fossil fuels, report reveals

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

A new report released on Thursday, June 11, 2020 by Friends of the Earth U.S. and Oil Change International reveals South Africa provided at least ZAR (South African Rand) 2.2 billion ($153 million) a year in trade and development finance for coal projects 2016 to 2018. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa In total, the report found G20 countries have been providing ...

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Rwanda, Andorra submit updated NDCs

President Paul Kagame

The Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has received 2020 nationally determined contributions (NDCs) from Rwanda and Andorra. Rwanda’s updated NDC  and Andorra’s second NDC bring the number of Parties to the Paris Agreement on climate change that have submitted their 2020 NDCs to 10. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda (right) during a function. Photo credit: Hope ...

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US formally indicates intention to quit Paris climate deal

Donald Trump, US president

The US on Friday, August 4, 2017 issued its first written notification that the country intends to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement climate change. But in the notice to the United Nations, the US Department of State said Washington would remain in the talks process. Friday’s announcement is seen as largely symbolic as no nation seeking to leave the ...

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Millions of Americans in support of climate action, study finds

Donald Trump, US president

Even as the Donald Trump Administration in the US seeks to roll back and eliminate government programs to address climate change, a national survey conducted recently by the Centre for Climate Change Communication of the George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, finds that a majority of American voters support more climate action. A majority of registered voters – including large majorities of ...

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