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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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Haiti emerges 157th Party to Paris Agreement

Jovenel Moïse

The Republic of Haiti on Monday, July 31, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The French-speaking Caribbean nation thus becomes the 157th country to endorse the global treaty, after the Netherlands, which ratified the climate accord on Friday, July 28, 2017. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Haiti’s ratification of the ...

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The Netherlands ratifies Paris Agreement

Mark Rutte

The Netherlands on Friday, July 28, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The northwestern European nation thus becomes the 156th country to endorse the global treaty, after Venezuela and Serbia, which ratified the climate accord respectively on Friday, July 21 and Tuesday, July 25, 2017. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ...

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Venezuela, Serbia ratify Paris Agreement

Nicolás Maduro

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Serbia recently ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, bringing the total number of ratifications so far to 155. While Venezuela deposited its instrument of ratification on Friday, July 21, 2017, Serbia did likewise several days later on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Respectively, they are 154th and 155th Parties to the global ...

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Brown, Bloomberg defy Trump, launch Paris Agreement support initiative

Michael Bloomberg

In an apparent defiance of the recent President Donald Trump resolve, Governor Jerry Brown of California State and philanthropist Michael Bloomberg have launched “America’s Pledge on climate change”, a new initiative aimed at compiling and quantifying the actions of states, cities and businesses in the United States to drive down their greenhouse gas emissions consistent with the goals of the Paris ...

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Paris Agreement irreversible, say G20 leaders


Leaders of the G20 group of nations at the weekend stated that the Paris Agreement on Climate Action is “irreversible”, even as they agreed a climate and energy action plan which appears to set out concrete steps to accelerate the world’s transitions to low carbon and greater resilience to climate change. In the leaders’ declaration that emerged at the end of the ...

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