30 WAYS IN 30 DAYS
Extreme weather events dominated theheadlines of 2010. Pakistan suffered fromthe worst ooding in more than a century,Russia fought wildres stemming fromunprecedentedly high temperatures andChina faced mudslides of an intensity notseen in decades - events consistent with theassessments of the Intergovernmental Panelon Climate Change hosted by UNEP andthe World Meteorological Organization.
For many scientists and political leaders, theconuence of these weather catastrophesamounted to evidence that climate change isnot just a future concern, but a present danger.Meanwhile, negotiations continue towards anew global climate agreement. A package ofpossible measures is under scrutiny in Cancun,which reects the urgency and importanceof ready nance, mitigation, adaptationmeasures for developing countries, and themechanisms needed to operationalize REDD(Reduced Emissions from Deforestation andForest Degradation).Political will and action is paramount. Tohave a reasonable chance of keeping globaltemperature increases below 2
C by 2100means containing greenhouse gas emissionsat around 44 gigatonnes of CO
equivalentper year by 2020. To achieve this, speedyprogress is needed on many fronts.UNEP, in partnership with leading climate-modelling agencies and expert centres, haspublished an assessment pointing out wherewe are and what’s needed.
report analyses the emissions targets andmitigation actions in the Copenhagen Accordof 2009, which have the potential to cutannual greenhouse gas emissions by aboutseven gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent by 2020.Parallel measures are needed to spur privateenterprise and encourage thriving carbonmarkets, local community and entrepreneurialsolutions, investment in the carbon capture ofecosystems, and ways to deal with the health,agricultural and environmental hazards ofnon-C0
pollutants.UNEP’s 30 Ways in 30 Days show that acrossthe world, in myriad ways, from communitybased programmes to entrepreneurialendeavours, solutions are available to movecountries, communities and businessestowards low emission climate resilient growth.Every country and many institutions have theirown 30 success stories. These solutions delivermultiple benets ranging from access toenergy, public health improvements, reducedenvironmental impacts to driving a transitionto low carbon, greener growth. The challengenow is to accelerate and scale up theseworldwide transitions alongside outcomes thisweek in Cancun.
UN Under-Secretary Generaland UNEP Executive Director