UNFCCC: Gabon Submits its Climate Action Plan Ahead of 2015 Paris Agreement - The first African country to do so.
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Bonn, 1 April 2015 – Gabon has submitted its new climate action plan to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the first African country to do so.
This Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) comes well in advance of a new universal climate change agreement which will be reached at the UN climate conference in Paris, in December this year.
"I deeply appreciate Gabon's initiative and welcome this first INDC from an African nation," said Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC.
This INDC and all others submitted by countries are available on the UNFCCC website here
The UNFCCC provides a relevant country profile of Gabon in the Pdf: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/media/242610/gabon-profile.pdf
Including Gabon, 35 parties to the UNFCCC have formally submitted their INDCs, covering all the countries under the European Union plus the European Commission, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Switzerland and the United States.
The Paris agreement will come into effect in 2020, empowering all countries to act to prevent average global temperatures rising above 2 degrees Celsius and to reap the many opportunities that arise from a necessary global transformation to clean and sustainable development.
Ms Figueres is encouraging countries to come forward with their INDCs as soon as they are able, underlining their commitment and support towards this successful outcome in Paris. Governments agreed to submit their INDCs in advance of Paris.
Developed countries are expected to do so as soon as possible and, with Mexico and Gabon, developing countries have also started to submit their INDCs well in advance. All information such as documentation on designing and preparing INDCs as well as on sources of support for INDC preparation, is available here
Countries have agreed that there will be no back-tracking in these national climate plans, meaning that the level of ambition to reduce emissions will increase over time.
Countries under the UNFCCC have already finalized their negotiating text for the Paris agreement and formal negotiations will continue on the basis of this text at the next UN climate change meeting in Bonn from 1 to 11 June. The text covers the options on the substantive content of the new agreement including mitigation, adaptation, finance, technology, capacity building, and transparency of action and support. (See the full negotiating text here
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