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MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

The summit reveals a new impetus in our action and our ambitions in the run-up to the Glasgow Climate Conference.

Concrete plans and new commitments from more than 75 countries, companies, sectors and cities bring us closer to the goals of the Paris Agreement and highlight the work that remains to be done.

New York, London, Paris, December 12

Global climate leaders today made a major step forward in moving towards a resilient, net-zero emissions future, by presenting ambitious new commitments, urgent action and concrete programs to overcome the climate crisis .

Organized jointly by the United Nations, the United Kingdom and France, in partnership with Italy and Chile, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the Summit of High Climate Ambitions which was held today represents a major step ahead of the decisive climate conference that will be COP26 in Glasgow next November.

At the Summit, 75 leaders from all continents put forward new commitments, which sends a clear message: the Paris Agreement, which is more than ever a compass for international action, is effective in intensifying our action and our climate ambitions.

The Summit made it clear that climate change is a priority for international action, despite the challenges we all face in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it showed that we agree that the science is clear. Climate destruction is accelerating and the international community still has a long way to go to contain the global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C.

Today’s Summit has proven that climate action and ambitions are on the rise. Announcements made during or just before the Summit, as well as those expected early next year, mean that countries accounting for around 65% of global CO2 emissions and around 70% of the global economy will have committed by now. early next year to achieve net zero emissions or carbon neutrality.

These commitments must now be supported by concrete actions and programs, now, to achieve the goals, and today’s Summit has provided new impetus to move forward in this direction.

Paving the way to Glasgow with strengthened national climate plans (Nationally Determined Contributions, CDN):

The number of countries that have proposed enhanced national climate plans (nationally determined contributions) has increased significantly today, with commitments presented by 71 countries (all EU Member States are included in the new contribution of The union). In addition to this new EU contribution, 27 new strengthened NDCs were announced at or shortly before the Summit.
A growing number of countries (15) have moved from gradual increases to major increases. Countries pledged at the Summit to announce larger nationally determined contributions, including Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Iceland and Peru.
Thanks to the momentum given by this Summit and the strengthened NDCs announced therein, more than 50 Nationally Determined Contributions are expected to be officially presented before the end of 2020, thus strengthening the current momentum and paving the way for other countries to the coming months.
Today’s announcements, as well as recent commitments, project us into 2021 and into the perspective of COP26 in Glasgow with much stronger momentum. This summit showcased inspiring examples of scaled-up Nationally Determined Contributions that can encourage other countries to follow the same path, especially the G20 countries.

A further step towards a resilient future with zero net emissions:

Following today’s Summit, 24 countries announced new commitments, strategies or programs to achieve net zero emissions or carbon neutrality. The recent commitments made by China, Japan, South Korea, the EU and now Argentina are a new benchmark for other G20 countries. Several countries indicated at the Summit that they were going even further, setting ambitious dates to achieve net zero emissions: Finland (2035), Austria (2040) and Sweden (2045).
Countries vulnerable to climate change are at the forefront of action and ambition. Barbados and the Maldives have set a very ambitious target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, with adequate support. Fiji, Malawi, Nauru and Nepal have indicated their target for 2050.
At the Summit, adaptation and resilience came to the fore. 20 countries have indicated new or upcoming commitments to protect people and the environment from climate impacts. Countries like Ethiopia have announced that they are adopting economy-wide approaches to protect people and the environment, with Suriname announcing that it is stepping up implementation of its plan. national adaptation. Developed countries, including the UK, Portugal and Spain, have announced they are stepping up their adaptation efforts. A major new international campaign, the Resilience Race, was also launched today, with the goal of protecting 4 billion people vulnerable to climate risks by 2030 (more details below).

Accelerating the transition from gray economies to green economies:

During the Summit, several countries defined concrete strategies to implement economy-wide goals. Pakistan has announced it will no longer build a coal-fired power plant, with Israel saying it is joining the growing list of countries giving up coal. 15 countries explained in detail how they will accelerate their transition to renewables by 2030, including Barbados (which aims for zero fossil fuels) Vanuatu (100% renewable energy) and Slovakia ( zero carbon). Denmark has said it will end oil and gas exploration. India has announced its new target to have a renewable energy capacity of 450 GW by 2030. China has pledged to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its primary energy consumption for reach around 25% by 2030.
In the same dynamic, the United Kingdom, France and Sweden have defined programs to end international financial support for fossil fuels, and Canada has announced that it will increase the price of carbon to 170 Canadian dollars per ton by 2030.

Act with nature and not against it:

The Summit demonstrated a commitment to protecting the environment, and 12 leaders highlighted their current agendas to increase the use of nature-based solutions to combat climate change. Ahead of the 2021 United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, the Summit highlighted the need for more integrated solutions to overcome climate and biodiversity crises, and accelerate progress, in line with the sustainable development.
12 donor countries underlined their commitment to support developing countries, with an additional investment from Germany of nearly 500 million euros and additional funding of 1 billion euros per year from France compared to to its previous goals. The World Bank is committed to ensuring that 35% of its portfolio has a positive impact on the climate, and the European Investment Bank 50% of its portfolio; the EIB is also committed to ensuring that 100% of its activities comply with the Paris Agreement.
However, the Summit also proved that much remains to be done to ensure that no one is left behind. After the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on climate finance flows this year, 2021 will be a pivotal year to demonstrate that funding continues and to meet or exceed the $ 100 billion target.

Shift from impetus to a real movement of cities on a global scale: cities, businesses and financiers are strengthening their ambitions on a large scale:

The Race for Resilience campaign (international initiative), launched today, brings together initiatives involving, in particular, mayors, local leaders, businesses and insurance companies, who are committed to putting in place by 2030 resilience measures to preserve the lives and livelihoods of four billion people from groups and communities vulnerable to climate risks. Examples of actions and initiatives:
Zurich Insurance (Switzerland) announced that the Zurich Alliance for Flood Resilience will triple its funding by 2025 and expand its reach from 11 to 21 countries.
The mayor of Freetown (Sierra Leone) has pledged to plant one million trees between 2020 and 2021.

The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative (international initiative), which represents $ 9 trillion in assets, has seen each of its 30 founding members commit to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. These include to set targets for each portfolio of assets, as well as to encourage the companies in each member’s portfolio to set decarbonization targets in line with the ambition to contain the rise in global temperature to 1.5 ° C.
C40 Cities (international initiative) strengthened its commitment and the measures taken by cities to implement the Paris Agreement, announcing the launch of the “Cities Race to Zero” campaign, joined by 70 cities in the first month .
Godrej & Boyce (India), an industrial company, announced its contribution to important global initiatives, including the Business Ambition for 1.5 C initiative, which sets science-based goals and advances energy efficiency, through the EP100 initiative for energy-smart businesses, in line with its overall ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
International Airlines Group (Spain / UK) is the first global airline to commit to achieving zero net emissions by 2050. The Oneworld alliance, which includes 13 airlines representing 20% ​​of global air traffic , will invest $ 400 million in sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years, to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Dalmia Cement (India). 40 of the world’s largest cement producers, members of the International Concrete and Cement Association, have adopted an industry pledge to produce carbon neutral concrete by 2050. The Indian cement company has gone further. further and developed a roadmap to achieve a negative carbon footprint by 2040; it acts at the international level to achieve 100% renewable energy.
Movida-Rent-a-Car (Brazil) presented measures to support its commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 and achieve a positive carbon footprint by 2040. Movida-Rent-a-Car is reducing its emissions in all of its activities, and offsets its carbon footprint and that of its customers by planting trees; The company is also adapting to the effects of climate change and carrying out risk analyzes using the methodology of the Working Group on Transparency in Climate Finance.
Apple (US) has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality in its supply chain and products by 2030 and announced further progress, with 95% of its suppliers committing to go 100% renewable energies.
Artistic Milliners (Pakistan), a textile company, announced that it is joining the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and presented its actions in the circular economy aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and offering zero-emission energy to thousands of homes.

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said:

“The Summit sent a powerful signal that more countries and businesses are ready to take ambitious climate action, on which our future security and prosperity depend.

We have taken a big step forward today, but it is still not enough. We must not forget that we are still heading for a temperature rise of at least 3 degrees by the end of the century, which would be a disaster.

The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to put our economies and societies on a green trajectory, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Looking ahead, the main goal of the United Nations for 2021 will be to build a true global coalition for carbon neutrality. “

Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, said:

“Today we saw what can be achieved when countries come together, show real leadership and show real ambitions in the fight to save our planet.

The UK has led by example, with its pledge to reduce emissions by at least 68% by 2030 and end support for the fossil fuel sector abroad as soon as possible; it is great to see these new commitments made all over the world, which will lead us to success as we approach the COP26 in Glasgow.

There is no doubt that we are nearing the end of this dark and difficult year, and scientific innovation has proven to be our salvation, as the vaccine begins to roll out. We must use that same ingenuity and the same spirit of collective effort to tackle the climate crisis, create the jobs of the future and enable stronger reconstruction.

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, said:

“We have shown today that climate action remains high on the international agenda, despite the global pandemic and one of the most serious economic crises of our time. This crisis gives us the opportunity to accelerate our ecological transition, and I welcome the announcements that have been made today by more than 70 heads of state and government. This Summit confirmed that the Paris Agreement, concluded under the French presidency five years ago, remains more than ever a compass for international climate action.

The EU is playing a leading role in this global fight, with our new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, which represents a fundamental step in our progress towards carbon neutrality . The EU and France will continue to promote ambitious levels of climate finance. We will work with the United Nations, the UK Presidency of the COP and all parties to the Paris Agreement to continue to raise the level of ambition and achieve it through concrete actions over the coming year. “

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

MIL OSI Translation. Government of the Republic of France statements from French to English –

The summit reveals a new impetus in our action and our ambitions in the run-up to the Glasgow Climate Conference.

Concrete plans and new commitments from more than 75 countries, companies, sectors and cities bring us closer to the goals of the Paris Agreement and highlight the work that remains to be done.

New York, London, Paris, December 12

Global climate leaders today made a major step forward in moving towards a resilient, net-zero emissions future, by presenting ambitious new commitments, urgent action and concrete programs to overcome the climate crisis .

Organized jointly by the United Nations, the United Kingdom and France, in partnership with Italy and Chile, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the Summit of High Climate Ambitions which was held today represents a major step ahead of the decisive climate conference that will be COP26 in Glasgow next November.

At the Summit, 75 leaders from all continents put forward new commitments, which sends a clear message: the Paris Agreement, which is more than ever a compass for international action, is effective in intensifying our action and our climate ambitions.

The Summit made it clear that climate change is a priority for international action, despite the challenges we all face in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it showed that we agree that the science is clear. Climate destruction is accelerating and the international community still has a long way to go to contain the global temperature rise to 1.5 ° C.

Today’s Summit has proven that climate action and ambitions are on the rise. Announcements made during or just before the Summit, as well as those expected early next year, mean that countries accounting for around 65% of global CO2 emissions and around 70% of the global economy will have committed by now. early next year to achieve net zero emissions or carbon neutrality.

These commitments must now be supported by concrete actions and programs, now, to achieve the goals, and today’s Summit has provided new impetus to move forward in this direction.

Paving the way to Glasgow with strengthened national climate plans (Nationally Determined Contributions, CDN):

The number of countries that have proposed enhanced national climate plans (nationally determined contributions) has increased significantly today, with commitments presented by 71 countries (all EU Member States are included in the new contribution of The union). In addition to this new EU contribution, 27 new strengthened NDCs were announced at or shortly before the Summit.
A growing number of countries (15) have moved from gradual increases to major increases. Countries pledged at the Summit to announce larger nationally determined contributions, including Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Iceland and Peru.
Thanks to the momentum given by this Summit and the strengthened NDCs announced therein, more than 50 nationally determined contributions are expected to be officially presented before the end of 2020, thus strengthening the current momentum and paving the way for other countries to the coming months.
Today’s announcements, as well as recent commitments, project us into 2021 and into the perspective of COP26 in Glasgow with much stronger momentum. This summit showcased inspiring examples of scaled-up Nationally Determined Contributions that can encourage other countries to follow the same path, especially the G20 countries.

A further step towards a resilient future with zero net emissions:

Following today’s Summit, 24 countries announced new commitments, strategies or programs to achieve net zero emissions or carbon neutrality. The recent commitments made by China, Japan, South Korea, the EU and now Argentina constitute a new benchmark for other G20 countries. Several countries indicated at the Summit that they were going even further, setting ambitious dates to achieve net zero emissions: Finland (2035), Austria (2040) and Sweden (2045).
Countries vulnerable to climate change are at the forefront of action and ambition. Barbados and the Maldives have set a very ambitious target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, with adequate support. Fiji, Malawi, Nauru and Nepal have indicated their target for 2050.
At the Summit, adaptation and resilience came to the fore. 20 countries have indicated new or upcoming commitments to protect people and the environment from climate impacts. Countries like Ethiopia have announced that they are adopting economy-wide approaches to protect people and the environment, with Suriname announcing that it is stepping up implementation of its plan. national adaptation. Developed countries, including the UK, Portugal and Spain, have announced they are stepping up their adaptation efforts. A major new international campaign, the Resilience Race, was also launched today, with the goal of protecting 4 billion people vulnerable to climate risks by 2030 (more details below).

Accelerating the transition from gray economies to green economies:

During the Summit, several countries defined concrete strategies to implement economy-wide goals. Pakistan has announced it will no longer build a coal-fired power plant, with Israel saying it is joining the growing list of countries giving up coal. 15 countries explained in detail how they will accelerate their transition to renewables by 2030, including Barbados (which aims for zero fossil fuels) Vanuatu (100% renewable energy) and Slovakia ( zero carbon). Denmark has said it will end oil and gas exploration. India has announced its new target to have a renewable energy capacity of 450 GW by 2030. China has pledged to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its primary energy consumption for reach around 25% by 2030.
In the same dynamic, the United Kingdom, France and Sweden have defined programs to end international financial support for fossil fuels, and Canada has announced that it will increase the price of carbon to 170 Canadian dollars per ton by 2030.

Act with nature and not against it:

The Summit demonstrated a commitment to protecting the environment, and 12 leaders highlighted their current agendas to increase the use of nature-based solutions to combat climate change. Ahead of the 2021 United Nations Conference on Biodiversity, the Summit highlighted the need for more integrated solutions to overcome climate and biodiversity crises, and accelerate progress, in line with the sustainable development.
12 donor countries underlined their commitment to support developing countries, with an additional investment from Germany of nearly 500 million euros and additional funding of 1 billion euros per year from France compared to to its previous goals. The World Bank is committed to ensuring that 35% of its portfolio has a positive impact on the climate, and the European Investment Bank 50% of its portfolio; the EIB is also committed to ensuring that 100% of its activities comply with the Paris Agreement.
However, the Summit also proved that much remains to be done to ensure that no one is left behind. Following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on climate finance flows this year, 2021 will be a pivotal year to demonstrate that funding continues and to meet or exceed the $ 100 billion target.

Shift from impetus to a real movement of cities on a global scale: cities, businesses and financiers are strengthening their ambitions on a large scale:

The Race for Resilience campaign (international initiative), launched today, brings together initiatives involving, in particular, mayors, local leaders, businesses and insurance companies, who are committed to putting in place by 2030 resilience measures to preserve the lives and livelihoods of four billion people from groups and communities vulnerable to climate risks. Examples of actions and initiatives:
Zurich Insurance (Switzerland) announced that the Zurich Alliance for Flood Resilience will triple its funding by 2025 and expand its reach from 11 to 21 countries.
The mayor of Freetown (Sierra Leone) has pledged to plant one million trees between 2020 and 2021.

The Net Zero Asset Managers initiative (international initiative), which represents $ 9 trillion in assets, has seen each of its 30 founding members commit to achieving net zero emissions by 2050. These include to set targets for each portfolio of assets, as well as to encourage the companies in each member’s portfolio to set decarbonization targets in line with the ambition to contain the rise in global temperature to 1.5 ° C.
C40 Cities (international initiative) strengthened its commitment and the measures taken by cities to implement the Paris Agreement, announcing the launch of the “Cities Race to Zero” campaign, joined by 70 cities in the first month .
Godrej & Boyce (India), an industrial company, announced its contribution to important global initiatives, including the Business Ambition for 1.5 C initiative, which sets science-based goals and advances energy efficiency, through the EP100 initiative for energy-smart businesses, in line with its overall ambition to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.
International Airlines Group (Spain / UK) is the first global airline to commit to achieving zero net emissions by 2050. The Oneworld alliance, which includes 13 airlines representing 20% ​​of global air traffic , will invest $ 400 million in sustainable aviation fuels over the next 20 years, to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
Dalmia Cement (India). 40 of the world’s largest cement producers, members of the International Concrete and Cement Association, have adopted an industry pledge to produce carbon neutral concrete by 2050. The Indian cement company has gone further. further and developed a roadmap to achieve a negative carbon footprint by 2040; it acts at the international level to achieve 100% renewable energy.
Movida-Rent-a-Car (Brazil) presented measures to support its commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2030 and achieve a positive carbon footprint by 2040. Movida-Rent-a-Car is reducing its emissions in all of its activities, and offsets its carbon footprint and that of its customers by planting trees; the company is also adapting to the effects of climate change and performing risk analyzes using the methodology of the Working Group on Transparency in Climate Finance.
Apple (US) has pledged to achieve carbon neutrality in its supply chain and products by 2030 and announced further progress, with 95% of its suppliers committing to go 100% renewable energies.
Artistic Milliners (Pakistan), a company in the textile sector, announced that it is joining the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and presented its actions in the circular economy aimed at reducing its carbon footprint and offering zero-emission energy to thousands of homes.

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said:

“The Summit sent a powerful signal that more countries and businesses are ready to take ambitious climate action, on which our future security and prosperity depend.

We have taken a big step forward today, but it is still not enough. We must not forget that we are still heading for a temperature rise of at least 3 degrees by the end of the century, which would be a disaster.

The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic represents an opportunity to put our economies and societies on a green trajectory, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Looking ahead, the main goal of the United Nations for 2021 will be to build a true global coalition for carbon neutrality. “

Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, said:

“Today we saw what can be achieved when countries come together, show real leadership and show real ambitions in the fight to save our planet.

The UK has led by example, with its pledge to reduce emissions by at least 68% by 2030 and end support for the fossil fuel sector abroad as soon as possible; it is great to see these new commitments made all over the world, which will lead us to success as we approach the COP26 in Glasgow.

There is no doubt that we are nearing the end of this dark and difficult year, and scientific innovation has proven to be our salvation, as the vaccine begins to roll out. We must use that same ingenuity and the same spirit of collective effort to tackle the climate crisis, create the jobs of the future and enable stronger reconstruction.

Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, said:

“We have shown today that climate action remains high on the international agenda, despite the global pandemic and one of the most serious economic crises of our time. This crisis gives us the opportunity to accelerate our ecological transition, and I welcome the announcements that have been made today by more than 70 heads of state and government. This Summit confirmed that the Paris Agreement, concluded under the French presidency five years ago, remains more than ever a compass for international climate action.

The EU is playing a leading role in this global fight, with our new target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, which represents a fundamental step in our progress towards carbon neutrality . The EU and France will continue to promote ambitious levels of climate finance. We will work with the United Nations, the UK Presidency of the COP and all parties to the Paris Agreement to continue to raise the level of ambition and achieve it through concrete actions over the coming year. “

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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