Following the announcement of the ratification of Paris Agreement by the US and China in September, India and EU also completed their legislative processes in early October, ratifying Paris Agreement and making the world meet both conditions for entry into force. According to the agreement language, Paris Agreement will enter into force in thirty days.
G20 countries’ leaders issued the G20 Leaders’ Communique Hangzhou Summit during the summit on September 5, 2016. In the Communique, Leaders promised to implement the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Paris Agreement, reaffirmed the pledge of phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, and incorporated green finance issue for the first time. Leaders were determined to “foster an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy”. Before this G20 summit, China submitted the ratification instruments of the Paris Agreement with the US together, to promote the global approval of the agreement as soon as possible. Greenovation Hub analysed issues of G20 Hangzhou summit in the perspective of environmental governance, and contributed to discussions about environment and climate under G20 framework in the perspective of civil society.
The rapid entry into force of the Paris Agreement within one year presents the political will and determination of countries to achieve economic decarbonization, and releases a clear signal to businesses and investors that economy development should be decoupled from high carbon emissions. The Paris Agreement provides a framework for global climate governance, where countries need to translate climate pledges into substantive actions, and gradually increase climate ambitions to take steps to promote global phasing out of fossil fuels and to achieve the sustainable development based on people-shared clean energy. For 5 years, we have been promoting Chinese civil society to actively engage with global climate governance.
During the past decade, the report has been recording and reflecting China’s environment from the perspective of civil society and public interest. This year, we add china’s carbon emission reduction and energy transformation into the core content of environmental governance and increase “Overseas Investment Footprint”.
We organized several seminar for media, academia and tourism, and spread it on social media to help China’s participation in antarctic marine protection. On the Annual meeting of Antarctic Marine biological resources conservation committee, we witnessed China publicly endorsed the revised plan for the Ross Sea MPA.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) passed. Nations reached consensus on making joint efforts to protect human living environment.