At just over 100 days until the UN climate conference to be held in Paris this December, the European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete called for accelerated progress in the preparations for the new global climate agreement.
Speaking to the press in Brussels, Commissioner Arias Cañete said: "The Paris conference is a historic milestone: a unique opportunity to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon, climate-resilient global economy. But the window of opportunity to meet our target of keeping the global temperature rise below 2 degrees is closing fast."
He added: "We must accelerate the pace of work at the August and October UN negotiating sessions and bridge the gap between the technical and political process. The world is waiting for a new global climate change agreement. We must deliver."
The Commissioner further called for more countries to come forward with ambitious contributions to the new agreement as soon as possible. This is essential to have a discussion before the Paris conference on the level of aggregate efforts of the contributions compared to what is required to keep temperature increase below the 2 degrees limit.
Commissioner Arias Cañete also outlined main elements of a successful agreement in Paris. These include ambitious mitigation commitments, a dynamic review to strengthen ambition over time, a long-term goal, robust transparency and accountability rules, and legal certainty.