Looking Back at 30 Years of Global Efforts to Address Climate Change
Thirty years ago this year, the text of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was adopted.
This was a significant milestone because it solidified a collective commitment from countries around the world to tackle climate change, together. It was a recognition that climate change was a global problem that required a global solution.
In this video, we sat down with all living former Executive Secretaries of UN Climate Change to reflect on the past, present and future of global efforts to address climate change.
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The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) is the United Nations entity tasked with supporting the global response to the threat of climate change. UNFCCC stands for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The Convention has near universal membership (197 Parties) and is the parent treaty of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
The main aim of the Paris Agreement is to keep the global average temperature rise this century as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
The UNFCCC is also the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.
The ultimate objective of all three agreements under the UNFCCC is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system, in a time frame which allows ecosystems to adapt naturally and enables sustainable development. # # #UNClimateChange