The World Leaders Summit, took place on 1st and 2nd November 2021, resulted in important commitments to protect forests, reduce methane emissions and accelerate green technology.
Announcements focused on collective efforts include, among else:
The Global Methane Pledge to collectively reduce methane emissions by at least 30% by the end of this decade (compared to 2020 levels). Up to $328 million in funding has been committed to support the scale up of methane mitigation actions worldwide. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, and the Green Climate Fund have committed to support the Pledge through both technical assistance and project finance. The countries who have joined the Pledge represent all regions of the world and include representatives from developed and developing nations. For more information: Homepage | Global Methane Pledge; Global Methane Pledge | Climate & Clean Air Coalition (ccacoalition.org)
The Glasgow Leaders Declaration on Forests and Land Use aims to end deforestation by 2030. More than 100 countries have signed this declaration so far, committing to work collectively to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030 while delivering sustainable development and promoting an inclusive rural transformation.
The Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda with the aim is to make clean technologies the most affordable, accessible and attractive choice for all globally in the most polluting sectors by 2030, particularly supporting the developing world to access the innovation and tools needed for a just transition to net zero.
- As an international clean technology plan to help keep 1.5°C in reach, provides a framework for countries and businesses to join up and strengthen their actions through a coalition of public, private and public-private global initiatives.
- With the Glasgow Breakthroughs, governments are committing to put in place a global action framework for the Power, Road Transport, Steel, Hydrogen and Agriculture sectors.
- for more information: Glasgow Breakthroughs – Race to Zero & Race to Resilience (unfccc.int)
The High Ambition Coalition announcing its resolve to deliver on mid-century net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions goals, including by phasing out unabated coal-fired power plants and halting inefficient fossil fuel subsidies as soon as possible;
Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement – new commitments form the countries to phase out coal power, including five of the world’s top 20 coal power-using countries. Countries also committed to scaling up clean power and ensuring a just transition away from coal
The Subsidiary Bodies undertake important technical work during the first week, but still have a lot of issues to resolve in the coming week.
These issues included: Article 6 (mainly 6.2 and 6.4); Transparency; Loss and damage; Response measures; Adaptation; and Common time frames for nationally determined contributions (NDCs).
For more information:
HOME – UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC – Glasgow 2021 (ukcop26.org)
Glasgow Climate Change Conference – October-November 2021 | UNFCCC
Glasgow Climate Change Conference | IISD Earth Negotiations Bulletin