The Last climate report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has once again sounded the climate alarm: Only by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050 can we limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C. The report makes clear that the world will continue to warm in the short and long term, and we will continue to feel the impacts of this.
This year again, we have witnessed the grave consequences of not taking action; spreading wildfires in the US, severe floods in Europe, and frequent tropical cyclones in Indonesia – to name a few. The impacts of climate change will worsenin the coming years, and these scenes are going to be our usual news headlines, unless we step up action. We all need to act on our ambition to transform towards a low-carbon and climate resilient future, as early as possible.
There is consensus among scientists that countries have to achieve global net-zero CO2 emissions by mid-century to keep 1.5°C warming within reach, and many major plaers have already done this. and have developed long-term development strategies (LTS) beyond 2030 to ensure this development. The EU have committed to achieving net-zero Emissions by 2050, while Indonesia, has committed to achieve the net-zero target “by 2060or earlier”
However, achieving such an ambitious goal requires a massive and coordinated effort from all parts of society, and transformation of all sectors of our economy. This is the main message for the Climate Diplomacy Week 2021, to showcase that we care, we can, and we do – to start taking action collectively in all parts of society, and we need everyone to be on board to take action as we all have a common interest to keep 1.5°C in reach.
Therefore, the themes of “Ambition and Action” will be at the center of the EU – Indonesia Climate Diplomacy Week 2021, which will be held between 11 – 16 October 2021.