Countries fall behind in emissions reduction, fighting climate change – UN

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A United Nations (UN) report assessing efforts made by countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and tackle climate change has been released.

The Synthesis Report by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC), according to a statement to newsrooms, evaluates the cumulative progress by global countries towards the achievement of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by reducing emissions and fighting climate change.

The findings of the just-released report paint a bleak picture with emissions reductions far from set targets. The UN Synthesis Report indicates that while the majority of nations represented increased individual levels of ambition to reduce emissions, their combined impact puts them on a path to achieve only a 1% reduction by 2030 compared to 2010 levels.

Reacting to the report’s findings, Mohamed Adow, the director of Power Shift Africa, a Nairobi-based climate change and renewable energy think tank, expressed his dismay, stating that, “It’s worrying how far off track countries are to dealing with the climate crisis.  Currently, they are set to achieve just a 1% reduction of emissions by 2030 compared to 2010 levels. Considering how much more we know about the climate emergency since 2010 that is staggering,”

Adow however remained optimistic, noting that: “Fortunately, there is still time this year for countries to act ahead of COP26, the global climate summit taking place in the UK in November, since nations covering over 70% of global emissions are yet to submit their plans, thus giving leaders room to step up, recognize the science and deliver tougher climate plans that can reboot growth, create jobs and cut pollution levels,”

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