UN, Britain to mark fifth anniversary of Paris agreement by co-hosting global climate summit

On Wednesday, the United Nations, and Britain announced that they will co-host a global climate summit on December 12, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

The announcement comes days after Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations that China will attempt to go carbon neutral by 2060.

“We have champions and solutions all around us, in every city, corporation and country,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.

“But the climate emergency is fully upon us, and we have no time to waste. The answer to our existential crisis is swift, decisive, scaled up action and solidarity among nations.”

Antonio Guterres and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson were to address the climate issue at a roundtable meeting on Thursday.

Boris Johnson, who will speak via video call, was expected to say: “As the world continues to deal with coronavirus we must look ahead to how we will rebuild, and how we can seize the opportunity to build back better.”

“The UK will lead by example, keeping the environment on the global agenda and serving as a launchpad for a global green industrial revolution,” he was to say, as per a government statement.

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The world is still off-track in trying to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, which, as per scientists, is crucial to prevent runaway warming – a phenomenon that would leave various parts of the planet inhospitable to life.

Antonio Guterres and Boris Johnson will convene “global leaders… to rally much greater climate action and ambition,” the statement said.

National governments will be invited to present high-quality climate plans at the summit, which would involve government leaders, along with the civil society and the private sector.

According to the United Nations, the summit is intended to increase momentum ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) which is going to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

The summit is being held in view of the record increase in greenhouse gas concentrations, which is worsening extreme events including unprecedented wildfires, droughts, hurricanes, and floods.

Climate change activists across the globe have been raising awareness on this issue by indulging in strikes and protests. On Friday, youngsters across the globe took part in a global climate change protest to remind world leaders that while we focus on the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis cannot be ignored.

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