December 12, the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 will be held by video. The summit is an important step towards the twenty-sixth United Nations Conference of the Parties to Climate Change next year.
In response to a question from the main station reporter in Geneva the day before the summit, Claire Nulis, spokesman of the World Meteorological Organization, pointed out that the 2020 Climate Ambition Summit focused on the following key elements:
We are at a turning point on the planet we live in, and as we recover from the COVID-19 epidemic, we must build a greener and more resilient environment.
If we want to reach the zero emission target by 2050, we need to take urgent action now. There is no time to waste.
The decisions we are taking now will affect the lives of people all over the world now and in the future.
Together, we can accelerate innovation and expand the market for clean technologies, so that all people can afford and access them.
The summit will demonstrate the growing international commitment and cooperation to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
Developed countries need to strengthen their commitment to assist developing countries in combating climate change.
Nulis also noted at a regular press conference at the United Nations Office at Geneva on the same day that greenhouse gas concentrations were high, and that “the five years since the Paris Agreement was adopted were the hottest on record, and November 2020 was the hottest November on record.”
She said, “Climate change continues to have a devastating impact on the Arctic, and if this trend continues, the Arctic will not be as likely to be today. Moreover, what happened in the Arctic was not limited to the locality, but affected the rest of the world.
The Paris Agreement was adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference on December 12, 2015 to plan global action to address climate change beyond 2020.
The long-term goal of the agreement is to limit the increase in global average temperature from the pre-industrial period to 2 °C, and to strive to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C.