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Paris Climate Agreement Anniversary

But after the start of the new year, many experts say the United States and the rest of the world need to make stronger commitments to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius and avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. Higher-income countries also need to raise funds to help low-income countries respond. Our right to live in a healthy environment will be threatened, and that is only the tip of the iceberg. We face the threat of rising sea levels, loss of biodiversity, rising sea temperatures and life in human lives due to severe storms and other climate effects. There could be more climate refugees because of uninhabitable conditions and other effects if we do not act. The United Nations continues to encourage all parties to take action to reduce the effects of climate change. It`s worrying. Taking action to combat climate change is now economically viable. The longer you delay, the more you pay. We can promote economic growth, eradicate extreme poverty and improve people`s health and well-being by acting today. I hope that the next COP26 will be a real step forward, that political leaders will recognize the seriousness of the situation, the urgency to tackle and respond to the climate crisis. I hope that policymakers will take responsibility and launch a binding programme to achieve a coal-free economy by 2030, in order to comply with the Paris Agreement.

Take concrete steps so that we, humanity, can save ourselves. If tougher measures are not taken, we risk even worse damage than this year`s Covid 19 pandemic. One of my hopes and dreams for the next five years is the industry with net zero carbon emissions and a sustainable economy. An economy marked by nature and maintained by a climate-friendly society. But the states are in a way the weak link in today`s architecture. Together, they played a major role in the preparation and communication of their INDCs, weeks before the 2015 Paris meeting, and thus signalled their political will to reach an agreement on the basis of real and effective measures. At the time, deficiency assessments showed that the sum of their contributions deviated significantly from the status quo, although it was clearly not sufficient to achieve the “significantly below 2oC” target. This was normal at the time: they had prepared these INDCs in a different context and before each comprehensive agreement. Six years later, with a comprehensive policy framework, new instruments and new technologies, it is clear that these contributions need to be rethought and the gap reduced. It is precisely this logic and the intention of the Palestinian Authority that has ratified it that are exactly the logic and intent they have ratified: meeting every five years, taking stock of progress, new scientific information, unexpected difficulties and updating the strategy.

Individually, some have already started to move and make announcements, but more ads with more ambition would be needed to fill the void. National policies clearly suffer from this lack of ambition and the transposition of the Palestinian Authority`s objectives into domestic politics and local narratives remains insufficient. This excessive caution could gradually jeopardize the credibility of the Palestinian Authority itself if no new dynamics are established among the world`s players. By the end of 2020, important signals were finally sent: the revision of the EU target, China`s commitment to neutrality in CO2 emissions and now the return of the United States. This should now play a catalytic role in mobilizing all the actors that have enabled the Palestinian Authority to turn again to the parties and to demand ambition.

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