Christian Aid’s International Climate Lead, Mohamed Adow, commenting on the outcome of the United Nations climate change conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland, said:
“The majority of the rulebook for the Paris Agreement has been created, which is something to be thankful for. But the fact countries had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the finish line shows that some nations have not woken up to the urgent call of the IPCC report.
“This was the first opportunity since the IPCC report for countries to prove to the world that they were taking this seriously. They’ve just about scraped a C minus when the scientists of the IPCC showed that they needed to get straight As. Countries such as the USA, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Australia and Brazil have clearly not shown up prepared to do what they said they would. Without more homework nations are not going to solve the climate crisis.”
The pledges in the Paris Agreement would only restrict the world to between 2.7 and 3.5C of global warming, far below the Paris goal of 1.5C. Without revised national emission reduction plans by 2020 we’re not going to close that gap, said Mohamed Adow. All countries will need to deliver revised plans at the special UN Secretary General summit in 2019 to achieve this.
For the full verdict on the Katowice climate summit see the Christian Aid website.