Cambodian Delegation Attends UN Climate Action Summit 2019

AKP Phnom Penh, September 25, 2019 —

Cambodian delegation led by Secretary of State for Environment H.E. Eang Sophalleth has attended the UN Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York, said the ministry’s news release.

This Sept. 23 event was part of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly from Sept. 24 to 30 with dozens of world leaders scheduled to address the General Assembly, it added.

Global emissions are reaching record levels wherein the last four years were the hottest on record, and winter temperatures in the Arctic have risen by 3 degrees Celsius since 1990.

Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying, and we are starting to see the life-threatening impact of climate change on health, through air pollution, heat waves and risks to food security, according to UN website.

The impacts of climate change are being felt everywhere and are having very real consequences on people’s lives, and climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow.

But there is a growing recognition that affordable and scalable solutions can enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies.

The latest analysis shows that if we act now, we can reduce carbon emissions within 12 years and hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

Convened by UN Secretary-General H.E. António Guterres, the New York summit aims to formulate realistic plans to enhance nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

The summit brings together governments, the private sector, civil society, local authorities and other international organisations to develop ambitious solutions in six areas: a global transition to renewable energy; sustainable and resilient infrastructures and cities; sustainable agriculture and management of forests and oceans; resilience and adaptation to climate impacts; and alignment of public and private finance with a net zero economy.

Accelerated climate solutions can strengthen countries’ economies and create jobs, while bringing cleaner air, preserving natural habitats and biodiversity, and protecting our environment.

By Korm Heng & Khan Sophirom