COP26 Reaches Consensus on Key Actions to Address Climate Change

COP26 Reaches Consensus on Key Actions to Address Climate Change

UN Climate Press Release, November 13, 2021

  • Adaptation, mitigation, and finance are all strengthened in a complex and delicate balance supported by all Parties.
  • After six years of strenuous negotiations, pending items that prevented the full implementation of the Paris Agreement on carbon markets and transparency have finally been approved.

Deliberations under the current session of the COP, CMP, and CMA came to an end this Saturday in Glasgow, one day after their scheduled conclusion. The wide-ranging set of decisions, resolutions, and statements that constitute the outcome of COP26 is the fruit of intense negotiations over the past two weeks, strenuous formal and informal work over many months and constant engagement both in-person and virtually for nearly two years. The package adopted today is a global compromise that reflects a delicate balance between the interests and aspirations of nearly the 200 Parties to the core instruments on the international regime that governs global efforts against climate change.

Under the UK presidency and with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat, delegates forged agreements that strengthen ambition in the three pillars of collective climate action.

Adaptation was the object of particular emphasis during the deliberations. Parties established a work program to define the global goal on adaptation, which will identify collective needs and solutions to the climate crisis already affecting many countries. The Santiago Network was further strengthened by elaborating its functions in support of countries to address and manage loss and damage. And the CMA approved the two registries for NDCs and Adaptation Communications, which serve as channels for information flowing towards the Global Stocktake that is to take place every five years starting in 2023.

Further information can be found on the UNFCCC website.

About the UNFCCC

With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near-universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame that allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Alexander Saier

Chief, Communications and Knowledge

E-mail: asaier(at)unfccc.int

UNFCCC Press Office: press(at)unfccc.int

(Source: https://unfccc.int/news/cop26-reaches-consensus-on-key-actions-to-address-climate-change)

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UN Climate Press Release: COP26 Consensus to Address Climate Change

UN Climate Press Release, November 13, 2021

  • Adaptation, mitigation, and finance are all strengthened in a complex and delicate balance supported by all Parties.
  • After six years of strenuous negotiations, pending items that prevented the full implementation of the Paris Agreement on carbon markets and transparency have finally been approved.

Deliberations under the current session of the COP, CMP, and CMA came to an end this Saturday in Glasgow, one day after their scheduled conclusion. The wide-ranging set of decisions, resolutions, and statements that constitute the outcome of COP26 is the fruit of intense negotiations over the past two weeks, strenuous formal and informal work over many months and constant engagement both in-person and virtually for nearly two years. The package adopted today is a global compromise that reflects a delicate balance between the interests and aspirations of nearly the 200 Parties to the core instruments on the international regime that governs global efforts against climate change.

Under the UK presidency and with the support of the UNFCCC Secretariat, delegates forged agreements that strengthen ambition in the three pillars of collective climate action.

Adaptation was the object of particular emphasis during the deliberations. Parties established a work program to define the global goal on adaptation, which will identify collective needs and solutions to the climate crisis already affecting many countries. The Santiago Network was further strengthened by elaborating its functions in support of countries to address and manage loss and damage. And the CMA approved the two registries for NDCs and Adaptation Communications, which serve as channels for information flowing towards the Global Stocktake that is to take place every five years starting in 2023.

Further information can be found on the UNFCCC website.

About the UNFCCC

With 197 Parties, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has near-universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep a global average temperature rise this century well below 2 Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of all agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame that allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Alexander Saier

Chief, Communications and Knowledge

E-mail: asaier(at)unfccc.int

UNFCCC Press Office: press(at)unfccc.int

(Source: https://unfccc.int/news/cop26-reaches-consensus-on-key-actions-to-address-climate-change)

American Society of Civil Engineers COP26 Climate Statement Urges UN Action

As the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) begins, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a COP26 climate statement or “communique,” to address climate change and encourage infrastructure resiliency.

Prepared by the ASCE Committee on Sustainability and approved by the ASCE Board of Direction during its quarterly meeting in October of 2021, the ASCE COP26 communique aligns with the ASCE Policy Statement 360 on climate change.

Further, the communique calls for “…developing a new paradigm for engineering practice in a world in which climate is changing but the rate and extent of change and subsequent impacts cannot be projected with a high degree of certainty.”

The climate statement recommends “…revisions to engineering design standards, codes, regulations, and associated laws that strengthen the sustainability and resiliency of infrastructure at high risk of being affected by climate change.”

ASCE 2022 President Dennis Truax asserts that “…the imperative to act now to mitigate climate change is becoming plainer by the day… engineers play as critical a role as there is in reducing carbon emissions from our infrastructure.”

© 2021 American Society of Civil Engineers.

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