Publicado: Mar, Diciembre 03, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Don’t be on wrong side of history, delegates at climate summit warned

Don’t be on wrong side of history, delegates at climate summit warned

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist, had planned to go to Chile overland from the United States, where she just wrapped up a tour meeting with officials and students.

Kurtyka was president of the United Nations climate conference COP24 in Poland previous year, and was in Madrid Monday for the climate talks. Although it is unclear whether negotiators will be able to reach agreement this time around, Article 6 of the Paris agreement-which aims to promote voluntary worldwide cooperation between nations-is a central point on the agenda, and offsetting will nearly certainly be discussed. On an annual basis, this means a 7.6 percent global emissions cut between 2020 and 2030 to meet the 1.5 deg-C goal and 2.7 percent to achieve the 2 deg-C target.

"Those who don't want to see it will be on the wrong side of history", said Schmidt, who is chairing the meeting.

Countries signing the Paris Agreement agreed to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, and ideally 1.5 degrees.

The groups condemned the scheme as "commodification of the Earth" that enables "climate-destroying business as usual under the pretense of climate action". The UN Secretary General warned delegates ahead of the meeting "the point of no return was no longer over the horizon". Keeping to that guardrail will need a five-fold increase in the carbon cutting ambitions of countries.

The hope is that governments around the world commit to new terms to make sure the target is met.

Activists and campaigners assembled inside the conference and outside but there was a lack of the pageantry and passion that have characterised recent COPs, galvanised by the signing of the Paris accord, seen as paving the way to global cooperation and preventing risky temperature rises. Visit the United For The Paris Agreement website for more details.

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But events outside the conference hall in Madrid may change the agenda.

Several countries have also elected leaders hostile to the Paris accord and action on emissions, including the US, Brazil and Australia.

The United States rallied support for the Paris Agreement under the administration of former U.S. President Barack Obama.

"The only thing we can do, because every country has the sovereign right to do what it wants.is bring pressure and in these negotiations that is the pressure we need to maintain - we need to keep that pressure on - from all of us who are of the same mind". Pelosi was leading a delegation of 14 other congressional Democrats and spoke at a forum of leaders of vulnerable nations which included Bangladesh PM, Sheikh Hasina and Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado Quesada.

The major focus of the two-week United Nations climate talks in Madrid is to forge a new carbon trading system, which proved to be the hardest part of the Paris climate deal and the one that was not agreed on in a rulebook for Paris climate deal implementation at COP24 in Poland in December 2018.

But Mr Guterres said these pledges were not enough.

Pelosi added: "This is not about incrementalism - this is about being transformative".

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