The 24th Session of United Nations Climate Change Conference began on 3rd December in Katowice, Poland and will conclude its deliberations on 14th December. Following the powerful alarm sounded about the unprecedented levels of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, the main objective of the Summit is to determine how the Paris 2015 agreement will be implemented and proceed.
According to the Paris agreement, all countries have committed themselves to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in order to keep the increase in global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius and as close as possible to 1.5 ° C. After three years of stabilization recorded in the relevant indicators, mainly due to the economic crisis, global carbon dioxide emissions have begun to increase again, while the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has announced that we have just 12 years to restrict climate change. At the same time, it is noted that this can only be done by taking drastic measures.
We await to see whether this year strict measures will be adopted that will respond to the criticality of the situation as this has been scientifically substantiated.
It is AKEL’s conviction that the solution of the environmental problem can be achieved in combination with the solution of the social and economic problems humanity is facing As long as the attempt to address these issues aren’t interconnected, the goals will not be fulfilled.