COP26: Why we must do all we can to meet the 1.5 deg C target

Pledges at the Glasgow meet fell far short of the goal set in the Paris Agreement. While the figure may seem small, failing to cap global warming at the 2015 target will have a devastating impact on billions of people and entire ecosystems.

A child stands on parched land in Afghanistan’s Bala Murghab district, where climate change is proving a deadlier foe than the country’s recent conflicts. PHOTO: AFP
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In 2015, the landmark Paris Agreement set out a legally binding international treaty on climate change. The agreement sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2 deg C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5 deg C. The agreement also aims to strengthen countries' ability to deal with the impacts of climate change and support them in their efforts.

At COP26, governments had to make progress in closing three major gaps: a gap in targets to reduce emissions, a gap in rules to deliver and monitor progress, and a gap in financing the climate action needed to put the world on a pathway to a safer future.

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