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The UN climate negotiations (COP23) presided over by a Fiji Presidency concluded in the early hours today in Bonn, Germany with countries making progress on the rules for the Paris Agreement and putting in place a process to assess progress on climate action that should set the stage for countries to commit to enhancing their climate commitments by 2020. Following is a statement from Paula Caballero, Global Director, Climate Program, World Resources Institute:

For the 13th year, World Resources Institute will host Stories to Watch, an event looking at the big stories that will shape the world in the coming year. Dr. Andrew Steer, president & CEO, World Resources Institute, will offer his views on the major economic, social, environment and development issues for 2016.

As negotiators prepare for international climate talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, the world is at an existential crossroad: it can continue on a path of gradual but insufficient progress on climate change or shift to high gear to avoid the worst effects of rising global temperatures.

Leading on Ambition: Opportunities for the Enhancement of Nationally Determined Contributions by Climate Vulnerable Forum

Current commitments in nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are not sufficient to limit global temperature rise to 1.5oC. The Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirms that significantly strengthened mitigation efforts are essential. The 48 of member...

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