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Leaders from across the world are due to be part of a day-long Climate Ambition Summit online, where they are expected to display the advancement they have been executing and the ideas they have to preserve the environment.

The event, which endeavours to gather momentum and call for more comprehensive climate action, comes on the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement when almost all nations vowed to curb global warming to considerably below 2 degrees Celsius above 1990 levels.

The summit, to be presented by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at 14:00 GMT on Saturday will be live-streamed at climateambitionsummit2020.org, is being co-hosted by the United Nations, Britain and France, in cooperation with Chile and Italy.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also planned to attend and make a video declaration.

France’s President Emmanuel Macron and China’s President Xi Jinping are also amongst the leaders of state steering part, with speaking slots given to leaders of nations that submitted the most determined ideas. These also include Honduras and Guatemala, both lately smitten by destructive hurricanes, as well as India, which is battling increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and air pollution.

There are assumptions that business figures like Tim Cook, the chief executive of Apple would also be addressing as the tech-giant recently committed to making its entire supply chain carbo neutral by 2030.

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However, other major economies including Brazil, Australia, and South Africa, are absent. Australia has not committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 and has been implicated of setting objectives that are too weak.

Meanwhile, more than 110 countries have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

China, the world’s greatest polluter, proclaimed in September that it intends to reach net-zero emissions by 2060.

Unlike previous climate summits, no negotiations are framed.

The annual UN international climate meeting was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Britain was programmed to host the event, identified as COP26, in the Scottish city of Glasgow previous month.

The summit – seen as one of the last opportunities to set the world on course to meet the Paris agreement – will now take place in November 2021.

 

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