The United Nations and Britain have announced plan to co-host a global climate summit on December 12, the fifth anniversary of the landmark Paris Agreement.
The announcement came days after Chinese President Xi Jinping told the UN that the world’s largest greenhouse gas polluter would peak emissions in 2030 and attempt to go carbon neutral by 2060, a move hailed by environmentalists.
“We have champions and solutions all around us, in every city, corporation and country,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said.
“But the climate emergency is fully upon us, and we have no time to waste.
“The answer to our existential crisis is swift, decisive, scaled up action and solidarity among nations,” he added.
“The UK will lead by example, keeping the environment on the global agenda and serving as a launch pad for a global green industrial revolution,” he said.
National governments will be invited to present more ambitious and high-quality climate plans at the summit, which would involve government leaders, as well as the private sector and civil society.
According to the UN, the December 12 summit is intended to increase momentum ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 26) to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.