Ban Ki Moon Urges Countries to Submit Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change Janos Pasztor are urging the 194 countries party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to submit their plans for their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions well in advance of the upcoming climate change negotiations in Paris in December. So far, only 62 out of 194 have submitted the plans, all of which will be crucially important for the proceedings of the negotiations in December and the subsequent internationally-coordinated actions to prevent global climate change.
The Intended Nationally Determined Contributions are a cornerstone of the upcoming climate agreement. In short, they contain what actions countries will publicly commit to taking as part of a universal climate agreement and what they intend to do within their own borders. In effect, the Contributions will link the international policy determination process with UNFCCC parties’ national priorities, capabilities, required supports, and more. The World Resources Institute has an excellent breakdown of these commitments that can be found here. Additionally, the direct link to UNFCCC here allows interested parties to access submitted Contributions and learn more about the process.
As the United Nations General Assembly will adopt the new Sustainable Development Goals this week, it is important to remember the role that climate change plays in countries achieving many of the SDGs in a timely manner. Assistant Secretary-General Pasztor argues that climate change acts as a threat multiplier, spilling over into many critical areas of development, such as water resource management, oceans, agriculture, public health, and more. This is indeed the case, especially for low-income countries as the bulk of their populations are employed in agriculture and rely heavily on a stable climate and on consistent access to natural resources. Therefore, keeping climate change within the acceptable 2 degree limit is paramount for achieving the SDGs. To read our Center’s latest Issue Brief on the SDGs, click here.