I.P.C.C. Climate Change report due today

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (I.P.C.C.), the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, is due to release its Special Report today on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C.

Commenting on his expectations for the report, Gebru Jember Endalew, chair of the Least Developed Countries (L.D.C.) Group said the report will important for policy makers and governments. 

"It will be important that the report and the Summary for Policy Makers clearly sets out the scientific necessity of limiting global warming to 1.5°C as opposed to 2°C to protect people and the planet, and highlights the vast discrepancy between this goal and our current global emissions pathway. 

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In doing so, the report will shine a spotlight on the scale of the challenge the international community must rise up to meet. A future where warming is limited to 1.5°C is a brighter future for all."

"Governments across the world must take the report seriously and respond with science-based policies to spur genuine emissions reductions. Our world's natural systems place limits on us that we cannot negotiate and all countries need to respond accordingly with fair and ambitious climate action.

This means rapidly scaling up pre-2020 efforts, providing finance and technology so Least Developed Countries (L.D.C.) and other developing countries can respond, and submitting more ambitious climate pledges in line with countries' respective responsibilities for climate change and capacities to respond. 

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly last Friday, appealed to world leaders to fully implement the Paris Climate Change Accord if the world is to have any hope of mitigate the growing crisis.

He indicated in his speech that the Small Island Developing States (S.I.D.S.) will be meeting in Samoa this month to do a five-year review of the Samoa Pathway, which focuses on the sustainable development of Small Island Development States. 

The findings of the I.P.C.C. report on climate change, due to release today, is expected to be discussed in the S.I.D.S. conference in Samoa. Kiribati, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are categorised in the L.D.C. group. Samoa graduated from the group in 2014.

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