Bangladesh delegation to attend UN Climate Action Summit 2019
Zariat Mushfique of DOT
The UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on all leaders to come to New York on September 23 with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally-determined contributions by 2020 in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050. In response to the UN Secretary-General’s call, world leaders, including a delegation from Bangladesh are to participate in the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 on September 23, reports UNB.
The UN Information Centre in Dhaka announced that the UN chief’s call came as result of global emissions reaching record levels and showing no signs of halting. The sea levels are rising, the coral reefs are dying, and the world has begun seeing firsthand the life-threatening impacts of climate change on health, through air pollution, heat waves and risks to food security. According to the UNC the last four years have been the hottest ever recorded, while since the year 1990 winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3°C.
The negative consequences of climate change are being felt globally and are having a very real impact on people’s lives. It is disrupting national economies, costing the world dearly today and even more so tomorrow.
However the recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now enabling human beings to leap into a cleaner and more resilient economies.
The most recent analysis has shown that reduction in carbon emissions within 12 years and halting the global average temperature to well below 2°C and even to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is possible, only if the world acts now.
The UN has stated that, accelerated climate solutions have the ability to strengthen economies and create jobs, as well as bring in cleaner air, preserve natural habitats and biodiversity, protecting our environment.
Governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organizations will be brought together at the Summit organizations to develop solutions in six areas: global transition to renewable energy, sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities, sustainable agriculture and management of forests and oceans, resilience and adaptation to climate impacts, alignment of public and private finances with a net zero economy.
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