23 Countries Issue Declaration for Ambition

23 countries (25 as of 5 July) , including the COP23 Presidency of Fiji, have declared their commitment to exploring the possibilities for stepping up the ambition of their own climate action by 2020, and to lead from the front in galvanizing global political momentum for others to do the same.

In a joint declaration issued alongside a week of key ministerial meetings on climate change happening in Europe, the Declaration for Ambition specifically calls for the UN Secretary-General to focus his Climate Summit in September 2019 on the possibilities for delivering enhanced NDCs (Nationally Determined Contributions), as well as the need for countries to set-long term strategies to reach net zero emissions, and to mobilize support and investment to assist with implementation and the raising of ambition. It also highlights the importance of the Talanoa Dialogue and of agreeing strong guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement at this year’s climate negotiations (COP24).