Denmark is pushing for more ambitious global climate action

By State of Green, June 22, 2018

The Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate has joined a number of other ambitious countries in releasing a Declaration of Ambition on international climate policy to drive the world towards intensified global climate action.

The Danish Government is together with other ambitious countries showing its climate leadership and aiming to ensure the full potential of the Paris Agreement by keep its implementation and obtainment on a tight leash. The participating countries of the “A Declaration of Ambition” is committing to exploring the possibilities of for stepping up their own climate ambitions.

Furthermore, the countries are highlighting the importance of adopting strong implementation guidelines at COP24 in December in order to unlock the full potential of the Paris Agreement. Lastly, the countries are underlining their strong support to the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, and his initiative of convening a Climate Summit in 2019.

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“I am very pleased to be at the forefront of international climate action together with some of the world’s most ambitious countries. Collectively, we are showing our support to the UN Secretary-General and his climate leadership ahead of the scheduled Climate Summit in 2019 – I believe that we are sending a strong and important message to the rest of the world in our pursuit of reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement,” said Lars Chr. Lilleholt, the Danish Minister of Energy, Utilities and Climate.

The Declaration of Ambition includes

  • A commitment to exploring the possibilities for stepping up the countries’ own ambitions.
  • An underscoring of the importance of adopting strong implementation guidelines at COP24 in December.
  • Recognition of the UN Secretary-General’s international climate leadership and the importance of the 2019 Climate Summit.
  • 23 countries have signed the declaration.

Current signatories include Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ethiopia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Monaco, The Kingdom of the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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The Declaration for Ambition

1: We commit to exploring the possibilities for stepping up our own ambition, in light of the forthcoming IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C, and in this context emphasize the importance of the Talanoa Dialogue at COP24.

2: We also underscore the importance of adopting strong implementation guidelines at COP24 in order to unlock the full potential of the Paris Agreement.

3: We commend the UN Secretary-General for his climate leadership, especially his initiative to convene a Climate Summit in September 2019. This will be one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders on the climate challenge since COP21 in Paris in 2015, and is the biggest political opportunity to raise global ambition by 2020 in order to keep it possible to stay within the temperature limits of the Paris Agreement.

4: We support the Secretary-General in his objectives for the Climate Summit, including encouraging countries to:

A: elaborate how they will step-up their short-term ambition, and possibilities for enhanced NDCs by 2020;

B: set long-term low emission development strategies, including pathways consistent with the Paris Agreement to reach net zero emissions; and

C: mobilize additional support and investment to assist with implementation and the raising of ambition in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.

5: We commit to supporting the Secretary-General in his efforts to urgently galvanize political momentum in the lead-up to September 2019.

6: We call on other countries to join us in expressing their desire to lead from the front.

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