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07-09-2015 Cop20 news

59 Parties have already submitted their National Contributions

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Last December, the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) committed to manifest their climate commitment before COP21 by submitting a report that will record their national contributions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. To date, 59 countries have submitted this document. This is how the Parties are showing their commitment to speed up the achievement of a new global climate agreement at COP21 to take place in Paris.

As you may know, the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (iNDC,) are a commitment of the international community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions according to the UNFCCC and not exceeding 2 degrees Celsius in the planet as compared to preindustrial times.

With this information, the UNFCCC Secretariat will prepare a synthesis report regarding the INDCs submitted by the Parties to October 01, 2015. Therefore, Laurence Tubiana, the special envoy of the French government declared during the Bonn climate change conference that submitting the INDCs represents an important progress to achieve a global climate agreement in December, because it will permit to speed up negotiations.

These are some of the countries that have submitted their National Contributions:

Colombia:
The Republic of Colombia submitted its new climate action plan, where it acknowledges the vulnerability situation and exposure to climate change impacts. It proposes to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 20% as compared to those forecast for 2030.

It also proposes to generate adaptation strategies vis-à-vis climate change, considering this objective as a national security issue. Therefore, the country will focus its efforts in global objectives to increase its resilience towards 2030, such as its efforts around the Convention on Biological Diversity (CDB), the 20130 Development Agenda, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Sedai 2015-2030 Action Framework. .

Democratic Republic of Congo:

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) iNDC report commits to reduce greenhouse gases by 17% under emissions forecast for 2030. Therefore, the country has considered it is indispensable to direct its actions to fight deforestation, mobilizing its efforts to harness the huge hydropower potential in the country.

Australia:
Australia has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 26 to 28 percent under 2005 levels for 2030. This effort will be made while at the same time current economic growth, global resource, energy infrastructure and average reduction costs are respected.
This is how the Australian government seeks to promote the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency and reduce its climate impact for 2020.

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