146 Countries Submit Climate Change Plans to UN ahead Paris Conference

A total of 146 countries, representing almost 87 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, have submitted their intended national climate action plans to the UN.

This is contained in a statement issued by Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson of the UN Framework Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC) on Friday.

Mr. Nuttall said in the statement that all the developed countries had submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Oct. 31 has been given as the deadline for all countries to submit their INDCs ahead of the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 in Paris in December.

Fatima Mede, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment has said that the Federal Government would submit Nigeria’s INDCs before the deadline.

The statement from UNFCCC said the response by countries in submitting their climate action plans to the Paris agreement over the past few months had been unprecedented.

“This means that so far over 75 per cent of all member countries to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have responded. This includes all developed countries under the Convention and 104 developing countries, or almost 70 per cent of UNFCCC developing member states.
“Over 80 per cent of the plans include quantifiable objectives and also over 80 per cent include intended actions to adapt to climate change,” it said.

The statement quoted Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC as describing the response of countries to submitting their INDCs as “unprecedented.”

“Over the past few months, the number of countries submitting their climate action plans to the Paris agreement has grown from a steady stream into a sweeping flood.

“This unprecedented breadth and depth of response reflects the increasing recognition that there is an unparalleled opportunity to achieve resilient, low-emission, sustainable development at national level.

“The INDCs can be seen as an impressive portfolio of potential investment opportunities that are good for each individual country and good for the planet,” she said.

The statement said UNFCCC secretariat, as requested by Parties to the Convention, would provide a synthesis report of all the INDCs on Nov. 1.

“More countries will continue to submit their plans ahead of the Paris UN climate change conference from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11, 2015,” it said.

It said the European Union is also counted as a separate "Party" to the UNFCCC in addition to all its members, which meant that a total of 147 Parties to the Convention had submitted plans.

It added that the Paris agreement is to be a turning point that puts the world on track to the low-emission, climate resilient and sustainable future.