Climate and biodiversity commitments at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
Tuesday 22 Sep 2020
Several significant announcements from governments and corporations were made during the UNGA and the co-occurring Climate Week NYC. For example:
- China pledged to reach net-zero emissions by 2060, which was later followed by net-zero by 2050 pledges from two more major Asian economies – South Korea and Japan.
- Amazon and Global Optimism launched The Climate Pledge which commits corporate signatories to reaching net-zero carbon by 2040.
- A raft of additional corporate commitments were made, including Walmart’s commitment to reach zero emissions by 2040 without using any offsets.
- The UK government committed to protect 30% of UK land by 2030 – this is only a small step up from the 26% currently under some level of protection. The quality of ecosystems within protected areas must also improve – most of the land which is already protected is farmland.