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Hopes unfulfilled at G20 summit as more ambitious climate commitments expected at COP26

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is hoping for a more ambitious commitment at the COP26 meeting after being left “unfulfilled” from the G20 summit.

During the summit, leaders agreed to end the financing for new overseas coal plants but didn’t specify a year in regards to achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

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Mr. Guterres took to Twitter to announce, “I leave Rome with my hopes unfulfilled, but at least they are not buried,”.

He told the G20 that “greater ambition” in reducing greenhouse gasses was required in order to put the world on the right path of keeping global temperatures from rising 1.5C above pre-industrial levels before the end of the century.

However, he acknowledged that impacts are significantly lower in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in relation to the 1.5C goal but reiterated the looser goals of the Paris Agreement 2015, which include keeping the global increase in temperatures below 2C while attempting to achieve the 1.5C limit.

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Although the difference appears slight, the UN’s scientific committee highlighted that disruption from the effects of climate change is much less than 1.5C and 2C.

IMAGE – “UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antón” (CC BY-ND 2.0) by US Mission Geneva

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