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UNFCCC releases new climate report

Just weeks, before COP27 - the next international climate conference – kicks off in Sharm ash-Shaykh, the Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has published its newest report on the implementation of the Paris climate goals.

The goal of the UNFCCC is to support states worldwide in implementing strategies to combat climate change. In doing so, a key priority is to implement the 2015 Paris climate conference goal of keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of the century compared to the pre-industrial era.

In its recent assessment, UNFCCC concluded that the 193 parties to the Paris climate agreement have indeed been able to reduce their emissions. However, this reduction is not enough to move toward a 1.5-degree compatible path. Developments to date, taking into account climate pledges, have only been sufficient to achieve 2.5 degrees Celsius of global warming by the end of the current century.

Contrary to last year's report, global emissions are not expected to increase until 2030, but current trends do not suggest that they will decrease by the end of the decade. UNFCCC's hope is that countries will update their climate change plans to meet the Paris targets. COP27 would be a great opportunity to do so.

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