The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) will bring leaders and people together from around the world to “Take Ambition to the Next Level.” The summit will showcase the actions states and regions, cities, companies, investors and civil society have taken already to reduce their emissions, and it will serve as a launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action.
The momentum we generate this year must lead to bending the curve of emissions down by 2020—science advises us that this is gives the world the best opportunity to prevent the worst effects of climate change. 2018 therefore must be the beginning of a new phase of action and ambition on climate change.
The Global Climate Action Summit will not only demonstrate the transformational climate action being taken by wide range of actors and sectors; it will also help galvanize stronger efforts by countries around the world. At the heart of the Paris Agreement on climate change is the commitment by national governments to review their progress every five years and strengthen theirnational climate action plans, known as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Timed to take place midway between 2015, when Paris was adopted, and that critical first opportunity to strengthen action in 2020, the summit will provide the confidence to national governments—supported by all sectors of society—to ‘step up’ and trigger a higher level of ambition sooner rather than later.
The summit participants will focus on sparking bold climate action under five key areas:
Healthy Energy Systems
Inclusive Economic Growth
Transformative Climate Investments
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