Countries urged to lay out national climate change plans

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Climate change has serious implications for agriculture and food security. Photo: FAO/L. Dematteis

Countries around the world are being urged by the UN to finalize their national action plans on climate change as soon as possible.

The national plans will form the basis of the new, universal climate change agreement that is expected to be adopted this December at a summit in Paris.

More now from Veronica Reeves.

The world is entering a key phase ahead of the Paris climate change conference said Janos Pasztor, Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, speaking to the press on Thursday. 

With less than two months to go before the Paris meeting, fewer than 1/3 of parties to the UN Climate Change Convention have submitted their national plans to address climate change.

Mr Pasztor said the countries' submissions will represent a fundamental building block of the agreement that is expected to come out of the Paris meeting.

He said the national plans received to this point would not be enough to prevent dangerous increases in the average global temperature.

"The existing contributions that countries are able to put on the table in Paris will not give us the 2-degrees, or keep us below the 2-degree deadline."

Mr Pasztor went on to stress that without concrete action on climate change, many other important global initiatives would fail.  He specifically pointed to the interlinkages between climate change and the new sustainable development agenda, expected to be adopted by world leaders next week in New York.

Veronica Reeves, United Nations.

Duration: 1'09"

 

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