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In the light of The United Nations Climate Action Summit on 23 September in New York, the United Nations deputy chief Amina Mohammed has launched a comprehensive report on how the world can take swift and meaningful action to slow down climate change.

The Paris Agreement faces its first major test in 2020 against the backdrop of a worrying growth in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions since the adoption of the landmark agreement in 2015. Promising signs of ambition are emerging from all corners of the globe, but far more is needed to limit emissions and adapt to the worsening impacts of climate change. Most governments are currently prioritising one of two complementary approaches for addressing climate change in the lead-up to 2020.

This is according to a joint analysis by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), dubbed “The Heat Is On - Taking Stock of Global Climate Ambition" - which takes the world’s pulse on ambition and provides the most comprehensive review to date of intentions for 2020. Some are revising climate plans previously submitted under the Paris Agreement that stretch until 2025 or 2030, while others are preparing longer-term strategies to decarbonize their economies.

A key principle in the Paris Agreement is that nations will toughen their NDCs every five years to ratchet up the fight against global warming.

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