Keeping Climate Ambition Alive: Challenges Remain but Signs of Progress Abound
In a new column published on the IPS News Agency, NDC Partnership Global Director Pablo Vieira notes that while 2020 threw the world a curveball and realigned global priorities with the spread of a global pandemic, the imperative to act on climate change has not disappeared.
An unexpected and devastating global pandemic shifted national priorities toward public health and economic recovery. And even though we faced one of the hottest years on record—in which the impacts of climate change were seen and experienced in wildfires, floods, hurricanes, droughts, and other adverse events—countries’ domestic agendas were forced to deal with pandemic-related topics.
Still, the imperative to act has not disappeared. In fact, it is more critical than ever. Fortunately, while work to support and enable countries to increase ambition in their enhanced NDCs was delayed in some cases, it was not derailed. The work has had to forge ahead through significant and unforeseen obstacles, but it has continued. And the NDC Partnership has played a significant role in keeping action on the agenda and keeping results within reach.