(Berlin) China and India have failed to present their new greenhouse gas reduction targets to the United Nations, officials said on Saturday.
Posted on Jul 31, 2021 at 11:18 am
The world’s two most populous countries are among dozen of nations that have ignored the July 30th deadline set by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
China is the main emitter of greenhouse gases, while India ranks third in this regard. The United States, the world’s second largest emitter, presented its new targets in April.
Canada filed its on July 11, according to the UNFCCC website.
UNFCCC Director General Patricia Espinosa said she was delighted that 110 signatories to the agreement met the deadline that had been extended to the end of 2020 due to the pandemic. However, it is “far from satisfactory that only 58% of the countries have submitted their new targets on time”.
Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria and 82 other countries have also failed to update their greenhouse gas reduction targets.
In a statement released on Saturday, Ms Espinosa recalled that a previous report had indicated that efforts “are nowhere near what science requires to limit the rise in global temperature to 2 degrees Celsius. here at the end of the century ”. The even more ambitious goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius has not yet been achieved.
“The extreme heat waves, droughts and floods that have been happening around the world recently are a red flag showing that much more and much faster needs to be done to change our current course,” said Ms. Espinosa. This goal can only be achieved through [contributions déterminées au niveau national] more ambitious. ”
The next United Nations climate change conference, COP 26, will take place from October 31 to November 12 in Glasgow, Scotland.