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Greenpeace backs European Heads of State call for stronger climate targets

Amsterdam, Netherlands – WEBWIRE

In a unified call for stronger action on climate ahead of the UN talks in Poland next month, 14 European Heads of State and two heads of government have called for all countries to revisit their national climate action plans in light of the latest scientific findings.

The declaration is signed by the heads of state in Austria, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, Slovenia, Switzerland and from the heads of government in the Netherlands and Sweden.

The declaration cites the impacts and risks of global warming outlined in the Special Report on 1.5° Celsius from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and calls on all countries to “revisit” their national action plans (NDCs) in light of these findings by 2020.

In response, Greenpeace’s Head of Delegation at COP24, Jens Mattias Clausen said:

“This call to action puts every government firmly on notice: cast your differences aside and act as one for the good of us all. We’re on the cusp of irrevocable climate devastation and there is no time to waste. Act now or condemn the world to disaster. Act now and reap the benefits of sustainable development.

“COP24 is the most important decision point for the climate since Paris, a pivotal moment to ramp up action. We’ve had the IPCC report, we’ve seen the worsening climate impacts and we know the dire consequences of inaction. In Katowice nations must commit to enhancing their climate targets (NDCs) by 2020 at the latest and aligning them with the 1.5°C target agreed to in Paris.”

The declaration comes less than a week ahead of the European Commission’s publication of a proposed long-term European Union climate strategy, which will set the stage for negotiations between European governments on the EU’s climate targets.

It also coincides with a virtual Summit of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), where the leaders of the 48 nations most vulnerable to climate change met on 22 November solely online to also call for accelerated climate  action in response to the IPCC report.

“For the world’s most vulnerable nations, global warming is a matter of life or death. There are no second chances and in the light of the IPCC report, failure to ramp up action is unacceptable. COP24 must now result in a robust political commitment to action,” Clausen added.

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