12 December: Climate Ambition Summit event on the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement

December 12, 2020 - On December 12, global leaders from all over the world are ready to announce new commitments to tackle climate change and deliver on the Paris Agreement, five years since it was adopted in 2015.  

Representatives from government, business and civil society gather online for the Climate Ambition Summit 2020, co-hosted by the United Nations, United Kingdom and France, in partnership with Chile and Italy.    

During the live event taking places in the morning of Saturday 12 December, Heads of State and Government are expected to present new and ambitious commitments under the three pillars of the global climate deal: mitigation, adaptation and finance. Major private companies and civil society groups are also on the list of confirmed speakers.   

The new commitments include new Nationally Determined Contributions, Long-Term Strategies setting out a pathway to net-zero emissionsclimate finance commitments to support the most vulnerable; and adaptation plans and underlying policies. These commitments will be crucial to building a green and resilient recovery from COVID-19, as stressed in the UN release.  

According to the 2020 edition of the annual UNEP Emission Gap report, a green pandemic recovery could cut up to 25 per cent off predicted 2030 greenhouse gas emissions and bring the world closer to meeting the 2°C goal of the Paris Agreement.   

The report finds that, despite a dip in 2020 carbon dioxide emissions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the world is still heading for a temperature rise above 3°C this century.  

However, if governments invest in climate action as part of pandemic recovery and solidify emerging net-zero commitments with strengthened pledges at the next climate meeting – taking place in Glasgow in November 2021 – they can bring emissions to levels broadly consistent with the 2°C goal. 

Follow the Climate Ambition Summit 2020 online at: https://climateambitionsummit2020.org/  

Read the UNEP’s annual Emissions Gap Report 2020  athttps://www.unep.org/emissions-gap-report-2020  

12 December: Climate Ambition Summit event on the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement