Nations urged to improve climate pledges by April 2017

The 195 nations that signed the climate agreement in Paris have been urged to improve their commitments by April 2017. Earlier this month, the majority of the world signed a […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The 195 nations that signed the climate agreement in Paris have been urged to improve their commitments by April 2017.

Earlier this month, the majority of the world signed a deal to keep the global temperature rise well below 2°C at COP21.

A manifesto by the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) stated “there is nothing to stop each and every country to revise its existing INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), during the Paris Agreement adoption process of the agreement.”

The thinktank sets 21st of April 2017 as the deadline for countries to revise their pledges in order to ensure the promises do not “fade away”.

The IEECP said: “The words of the dignitaries need to be converted into action. As we have seen INDC formulation processes and content formulation from the inside, we know that there is a lot of room for realistic and feasible improvements towards higher ambition.

“So we can certainly get collectively closer to the 2 °C/1.5 °C goal of the Paris Agreement.”