For the first time in human history, 194 nations signed into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change. ARCC is thus disappointed to learn of the US administrations’ recent decision to withdraw from the historic Paris Agreement.
The central aim of the Paris Agreement is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change. The primary goal is to keep a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impact of climate change as they voluntarily address greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change mitigation and adaptation.
To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries, and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives.
For more info on the Paris Agreement: http://unfccc.int/paris_agreement/items/9485.php