UNA-UK has released a major report on implementing the climate treaty agreed by UN member states in Paris in 2015.
Climate 2020: The path ahead is the fifth in our series of major reports on the Paris Agreement on climate change. We’ve now reached the year that has appeared on the front cover of our publication since the series began. It is the year that carbon emissions must peak and the year that states’ climate actions agreed under their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Climate Treaty start.
The publication equips policy-makers, practitioners and interested observers with insights on how to make the agreement a reality in this make or break year. It features short, incisive articles from 30 authors drawn from the UN system and from governments, the private sector, academia and civil society. They include:
- António Guterres (UN Secretary-General)
- Jim Skea (Imperial College)
- Helen Mountford (World Resources Institute)
- Rizal Malik (WWF)
- Cristina Gamboa (World Green Building Council)
- Peter Thomson (UN Special Envoy for the Ocean)
- Richard Black (Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit)
- Alberto Carrillo Pineda (CDP)
- Edward B. Barbier (Colorado State University)
- Mafalda Duarte (Climate Investment Funds)
- Laetitia De Marez (Climate Analytics New York)
- Jiang Kejun (National Development and Reform Commission, China)
- Robin L. Chazdon ( World Resources Institute)
- Jessika E. Trancik (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
In this edition of Climate 2020 there is a particular focus on the path to net zero; the next and most pressing challenge our global community faces.
Our present political, economic and social landscape has been dramatically altered by the Covid-19 crisis; this group of authors remind us that the international community must not lose sight of the urgent need for climate action. Throughout the report they make the case that the technological, financial and social incentives and mechanisms can enable us to avoid the most harrowing and catastrophic climate future, if they are implemented.
Together, the articles provide a source of practical actions, approaches, analysis and case studies on how the hard-won Paris deal remains the foundational framework we need - namely one that is robust, equitable and able to deliver long-term benefits to all - and so can guide a green recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.
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