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COP23: practical concrete Climate Action commitments at many levels
Though the COP23 Climate Change Conference in Bonn may have appeared as a talking shop with little progress at the political level, below the surface were a new wave of climate actions announced from countries, cities, states, regions, business and civil society.
A key aim of COP23 was to get everyone on track towards the objectives of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and to ultimately achieve the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals is urgent. It was widely recognised that time is really running out and that the current global ambition to act on climate change has to be raised and that is captured in the full set of national climate action plans (NDCs) which sit at the heart of the Agreement.
Major announcements during included funds to support the poorest and most vulnerable, whose plight has been brought into sharp perspective by this year’s extreme weather.
The Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, which was launched by France and UN Environment in Paris to increase the decarbonization of buildings and the construction sector, signed a common statement to dramatically speed up and scale up collaborative action.
“We need to ensure that housing and infrastructure investments that come with growing urbanization are also low-carbon, resource-efficient and resilient to deliver the 2030 Development Agenda and the Paris Agreement,” said Martina Otto, Head of Cities Unit at UN Environment.
It is increasingly evident that cities play an essential role in both climate change mitigation and adaption, while improving their citizen’s health and well-being. Well-planned cities are resilient and reduce congestion, pollution and, by promoting energy and resource efficiency, lead to reduced emissions and resource consumption. They are hubs for innovation, jobs and social interaction.
The C40 mayors of 25 pioneering cities, representing 150 million citizens, pledged to develop and begin implementing more ambitious climate action plans before the end of 2020 to deliver emissions neutral and climate resilient cities by 2050.
Investing in Climate Action
With so many climate action pledges and initiatives from across government, business and civil society, there is a growing need to coordinate effort to ensure that every cent invested and every minute of work contributed results in a much greater impact than each acting separately.
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