Caitlin Wiesen, resident representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam Every day, in every part of the world, including Vietnam, it is clearly visible that we are off course and still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption, according to the UN secretary-general. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2018 Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5oC confirmed that climate change is running faster than we are and that we are running out of time as all countries’ current national pledges made through Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) actually set our planet towards a global average temperature increase of 3ºC or more. The report provided a glimpse of hope that it could still be possible to limit global warming to 1.5ºC to avert major adverse impacts, but this will require urgent and far more ambitious actions to cut emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by about 45 per cent from 2010 levels by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050. This will require taking unprecedented transformative and systemic action in all aspects of society and economy. Against this backdrop, the UN Secretary-General is convening the Global Climate Summit in New York on… Read full this story
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