Julie Olivia Harper
Subject: UNFCCC objectives and recent developments
Date: December 21, 2017
Regarding the current global warming debate, this Memo is designed to highlight the objectives and goals of the UNFCCC. Also, it will discuss some of the progress and developments that have been experienced by the UNFCCC in its quest to fight global warming.
Purpose and goals of the UNFCCC
The UNFCCC is a global environmental treaty whose primary goal is to stabilize the presence of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at a level that minimizes harmful anthropogenic climate system interference. Through the agreement, non-binding limits regarding greenhouse gas emissions by each country are set. A framework is thereafter designed to outline ways through which different international treaties can be reached to indicate subsequent steps towards meeting the UNFCCC objectives.
The principal objectives of the UNFCCC are: to develop precise techniques to minimize emission of greenhouse gases by human activities. To encourage contribution by all countries in reducing carbon emissions. To mobilize the progress in transfer to use of green energy and to assist the vulnerable sections of the world in adapting to the consequences of climate change.
The steps which have been taken by the UNFCCC is an excellent foundation for the control of global warming. The firm should, therefore, support these objectives by intensifying its energy auditing (King).
Goals of 2015 UNFCCC Paris Agreement
The 2015 UNFCCC meeting was to bring together several nations to undertake a common cause with an objective of combating climate change and designing measures to adapt to its current effects. The agreement also considered ways of assisting the developing countries in their effort to adapt to the climate change issues. The deal aims at strengthening the international response to the challenges of climate change by maintaining the global temperature increase in the 21st century below C above the level in the pre-industrial era (UNFCCC).
Also, the agreement focused on strengthening the ability of nations to combat climate change.
Energy systems contribution to the Paris Agreement
Global warming is majorly fueled by rampant use of carbon energy sources. The transfer to green energy sources will assist reduce the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This will greatly reduce the carbon pollution hence contribute to the achievement of the Paris Agreement (Biello).
The COP23 meeting results and the USA decision
The COP23 meeting was held in Bonn where countries negotiated on more delicate issues to be considered in implementing the Paris agreement. The meeting was the first since the USA declared its intention of walking out of the Paris Agreement, this, however, did not reflect on her delegates as they continued to participate in the meeting with focus.
Some of the recent outcomes of the meeting was phasing out the use of Coal, China strengthening of its position in the Paris Agreement, a pre-2020 climate action as well as the designing of Talanoa dialogue (TIMPERLEY).
The memo mainly points out the objective of the UNFCCC of minimizing carbon pollution, the occurrence at the COP23 together with the recent USA decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, it comments on the need to eliminate the use of carbon energy.
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