Former President of the United States Barack Obama at #COP26 (Full Speech)
Remarks by Former President of the United States Barack Obama at COP26.
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The UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom is a crucial opportunity to achieve pivotal, transformational change in global climate policy and action. It is a credibility test of global efforts to address climate changes. Parties must make significant progress in order to reach consensus on the issues they have been discussing over many years. COP 26 comes against the background of widespread, rapid and intensifying climate change impacts, which are already impacting every region on Earth. Also, COP 26 comes against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the urgent need to build back better for present future generations to ensure a safe future.
The UNFCCC Secretariat (UN Climate Change), is a United Nations entity that supports the global response to climate change. UNFCCC is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is close to universally ratified (197 by all parties and serves as the parent treaty to the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement’s main purpose is to limit the rise in global average temperatures this century to 1.5 degrees Celsius below pre-industrial levels. The UNFCCC is also a parent treaty to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. All three UNFCCC agreements have the ultimate goal of stabilizing greenhouse gas concentrations in atmosphere to prevent human interference with the system. This is done in a way that allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and promotes sustainable development.
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