According to a senior United Nations official dealing with climate issues, less than two months after world leaders adopted the Paris Agreement, the global community is already seeing signs of it being a decisive turning point.
A month and a half after the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adopted the Paris Agreement, that’s the view of Janos Pasztor, who has just been appointed as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Change.
“Much has been happening since Paris, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) confirmed that 2015 was the hottest year on record, not just by a little but by a lot,” Mr Pasztor, told reporters at a briefing in New York.
For the past year, Mr Pasztor had been leading the UN’s climate change efforts as Assistant Secretary-General on Climate Change, working towards last December’s 21st UN climate change conference COP21.
Recalling that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders to a signing ceremony on 22 April, which coincides with International Mother Earth Day, the climate advisor noted that it would be the first day the Paris Agreement is open for formal signatures.
He added that the event would also be an opportunity to discuss efforts to implement national climate plans, known as INDCs, and to generally “maintain the momentum of the action agenda.”
Meanwhile, he underlined the Secretary-General’s recent call for a doubling of investments in clean energy by 2020, which he said was greeted “very positively” by many investors.
“We’re now seeing evidence that the signal has been received loud and clear,” Mr Pasztor stressed.
Meanwhile, in a statement issued by the UN Spokesperson’s Office, Mr Ban expressed his deep gratitude for Mr Pasztor’s “dedicated service and leadership” over the past quarter of a century with the world body on the key global challenges of climate change, energy and sustainability.
“In his new role as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General on Climate Change, Mr Pasztor will support efforts of the Secretary-General to mobilise world leaders and all sectors of society to implement the landmark Paris Agreement,” the statement said.