Countries have agreed to conclude a new international climate change treaty at the UN climate change meeting in Paris in 2015, with such an agreement to be implemented by 2020. While the UN climate change process has little to show so far in terms of concrete outcomes, there are some recent developments that suggest the Paris climate change meeting could produce an agreement.
There is a sense that change is in the air. That's the pitch for the UN Secretary-General's summit on climate change, taking place next week in New York. With international climate politics approaching a critical point, the UN wants to bolster the world's resolve to do something about climate change. So what's planned, who is going and what's the significance? The Carbon Brief considers six things you might want to know about the summit.
“Climate change has been one of my top priorities since the day I took office in 2007. I said then that if we care about our legacy for succeeding generations, this is the time for decisive global action. I have been pleased to see climate change rise on the political agenda and in the consciousness of people worldwide. But I remain alarmed that governments and businesses have still failed to act at the pace and scale needed,” writes United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Climate change and sustainable development are inextricably linked. It is critical, therefore, that the post-2015 sustainable development agenda fully embeds climate change.
There are fewer than 500 days before the world reaches its deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals. These goals contain a set of targets agreed to by world leaders in 2000 to eradicate poverty and hunger, ensure universal primary education and women’s rights and improve health across the globe by 2015. With the finish line in sight, it is time to focus our attention on completing the job. We will need every single one of the 500 days we have left.
Despite not reaching the Millennium Development Goal of a full primary education for every child, when looking towards the post-2015 framework, it is important to take into consideration the lessons we have learned.
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