UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE COP25 OPENS IN MADRID

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Added On December 4, 2019

The United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25 officially opened on Monday, where delegates are discussing measures to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement.
 
 
 
Focal points of the conference include discussing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, the measures to promote voluntary international cooperation by paying a price on carbon, emission trading schemes and other market mechanisms.
The conference comes as global efforts to mitigate climate change are on the brink of failure.
 
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the world would need "solidarity and flexibility to win the war against climate change."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) :ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary General
 
"To put a price on carbon is vital if we are to have any chance of limiting global temperature rise and avoiding runaway climate change. Operationalizing Article Six will help get markets up and running, mobilize the private sector, and ensure that the rules are the same for everyone."
 
The UN chief said that young people are telling the leaders that they need to fight against the climate emergency.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary General
 
"Millions throughout the world – especially young people – are calling on leaders from all sectors to do more, much more, to address the climate emergency we face. They know we need to get on the right path today, not tomorrow. That means important decisions must be made now. And COP25 is our opportunity."
 
 
 
According to a UN Environment Program report published last week on the emissions gap, countries have collectively failed to stop the growth in global greenhouse gas emissions, meaning that deeper and faster cuts are now required.
 
The report says that emissions have gone up by 1.5 percent per year in the last decade. In 2018, emissions totaled 55 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent. This is putting the Earth on course to experience a temperature rise of 3.2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century, rather than 1.5-degree goal set in the Paris Agreement.
 
This critical situation has prompted the conference, which will conclude on Dec. 13 -  "Time for Action" has been used as the motto for the conference.