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Climate 2020 – the path ahead

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This report by UNA-UK addresses the implementation of the climate deal agreed by UN member states in Paris in 2015.


The report is the fifth in a series of major reports on the Paris Agreement on climate change. It is the year that carbon emissions must peak and the year that states’ climate actions agreed under their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Climate Treaty start.


The publication equips policy-makers, practitioners and interested observers with insights on how to make the agreement a reality in this make or break year. It features short, incisive articles from 30 authors drawn from the UN system and from governments, the private sector, academia and civil society.


In this edition of Climate 2020 there is a particular focus on the path to net zero; the next and most pressing challenge our global community faces.


Our present political, economic and social landscape has been dramatically altered by the Covid-19 crisis, and this group of authors remind us that the international community must not lose sight of the urgent need for climate action. Throughout the report they make the case that the technological, financial and social incentives and mechanisms can enable us to avoid the most harrowing and catastrophic climate future, if they are implemented.


Together, the articles provide a source of practical actions, approaches, analysis and case studies on how the hard-won Paris deal remains the foundational framework we need - namely one that is robust, equitable and able to deliver long-term benefits to all.

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