he Paris Agreement was a milestone in the global community’s collective journey to address the dangers of climate change, stimulating an unprecedented set of commitments from governments, businesses, and civil society.
But now we have an opportunity to turn commitments into unstoppable action and overacheivement bringing global emissions into rapid decline by 2020
. We can and must deliver a new wave of development that is good for people and planet.
Science Demands It:
The 2015 commitments were historic, but fall below the commitments called for by the scientific community. Peaking greenhouse gas emissions after 2025 will make reaching a 2°C and 1.5°C degree limit almost impossible to achieve.
Human Development is at Stake:
Failing to peak greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 will threaten vulnerable areas of our planet. Developing countries will lose the gains made over the past 20 years, putting the Sustainable Development Goals out of reach and subjecting billions of people to deep and irreversible poverty and harm.
2018 is the Moment that Defines the Post-2020 World:
Governments will come back to the table at the end of 2018 to review the commitments they made in Paris. The year 2018 will be an opportunity to strengthen the commitments made in Paris so that peaking by 2020 can be realized.