12 December 2020 - Source: Mizzima News from Myanmar

The European Union Delegation and the Heads of Missions of the EU Member States resident in Myanmar are taking the opportunity on 12 December to mark the 5th Anniversary of the Paris Agreement, according to a press release.

This historical deal is the first universal and legally binding global climate change agreement, adopted at the Paris climate conference (COP 21) in December 2015. The European Union and its Member States are among the close to 190 parties to the Paris agreement.

It sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C. It demonstrates our generation's responsibility towards this and future generations.

Today marks a key moment in achieving rules' implementation of the Paris Agreement. By the end of 2020, parties must communicate or update their « nationally determined contributions » (NDC) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

However, while the United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP 26, was initially planned in November 2020, only 5% of the global greenhouse gas emissions were covered by the 16 new NDC communicated to the UNFCCC.

State-parties must scale up actions and increase the level of their climate ambition. The anniversary of the Paris Agreement is a unique opportunity for countries to come forward with updated plans in the framework of the UNFCCC.

Climate change poses a shared challenge to all nations and peoples. Meeting this ambition is more necessary than ever.

We all shoulder great responsibility to protect our planet and people from the climate change threat. This marks a duty to build a greener world and ensure sustainable development for the sake of future generations. This implies significant changes of mindsets and practices around the Globe.

The European Union and its Member States are committed to working together with all stakeholders to fight global warming and to ensure the full implementation of the Paris Agreement towards COP 26, scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow.

The European Union (E.U.) has been working intensely to reduce by at least 40% its greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 in comparison to 1990, as planned in its NDC. The E.U. also aims to be climate-neutral by 2050, the main objective of the « European Green Deal ».

In Myanmar, climate change is a major threat to natural resources and the environment in general and consequently for local communities' livelihoods. It is also one of the countries most affected by severe climate events.

Five years after the Paris Agreement, the European Union stands firm and reiterates its willingness to strengthen its cooperation with Myanmar to prevent and combat climate change. The E.U. also supports the implementation of Myanmar's Climate Change Policy and Climate Change Strategy and Master Plan (2018-2030) aiming to transform Myanmar into a climate-resilient nation.

By joining and combining forces, the E.U. Delegation, its Member States and Myanmar will be stronger to address climate change's challenges.