UNDP calls for binding Paris agreement to stem global temperature riseNov 30, 2015
NEW YORK - As world leaders meet to commit to a new, global climate change agreement, UN Development Programme (UNDP) chief Helen Clark heads to Paris to join calls for an ambitious agreement that results in concrete actions to reduce emissions and limit temperature rise to well below two degrees Celsius.
Among the hardest hit by global warming and the degradation of our planet are the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. The poorest countries must be at the center of these negotiations and at the heart of any deal that will be reached at the COP21 Conference, which starts today.
UNDP, with a US$2.3 billion portfolio across 140 countries, is the UN’s largest implementer of climate change programmes at country level, and remains a strong advocate for global measures that protect all people, especially the most vulnerable.
Seeing Paris as the start of a long battle to beat global warming, UNDP is pushing for an ambitious agreement that serves as a roadmap for climate action over the years and decades to come.
“The poor and the marginalized in our societies are the most vulnerable to climate change, and are also the ones hardest hit by its impacts,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark ahead of the conference.
“We must seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity for an ambitious climate agreement in Paris and chart a new course for sustainable development which benefits everyone and protects our planet. UNDP is committed to supporting climate action post Paris."
Over the last year, UNDP has been working with countries to prepare and declare their intended climate targets and goals, the so-called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs. Having directly supported 43 countries to finalize these plans, UNDP aims to extend this support beyond Paris into the critical era of implementation.
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