The Chair parson of Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), Paul Watkinson call for rapid implementation of climate change in preparing for its 51 session (SBSTA51) in Madrid from 2 to 9 December, during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25).
The Chair has also published a reflections note with important information to help Parties prepare the upcoming session, outlining approaches to organise work so as to deliver strong results on all issues on its agenda in Madrid.
In the note, Paul Watkinson recalls the “Keeling curve” that shows the evolution of CO emissions since 1958 as measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.
He notes that the underlying upward trend in concentrations of CO – and other greenhouse gases – will continue until we achieve the balance between emissions and absorptions.
Until then, the international community cannot limit future temperature increases and impacts will be harder and harder to deal with. For now, however, global emissions continue to rise.
Paul Watkinson expresses hope that the work of the SBSTA will continue to help make it possible to transform that situation and that a future Chair of SBSTA – in not too many years – can present a “Keeling Curve” that no longer shows an underlying rise in concentrations of CO.
He suggests that, in parallel, all stakeholders must contribute to successfully addressing the consequences of climate change and ensuring that the world can make the necessary transition in a way that is just and equitable.
“If the international community keeps those aims at the forefront of all discussions and activities at COP25, we can make a difference, Watkinson submitted!
In his reflection note, Mr Watkinson also highlights the central role of SBSTA in supporting strengthened implementation of action and support and ambition, in particular through two broad sets of tasks:
being the interface with the scientific community to help improve the understanding and knowledge of climate change in the broadest sense – the causes, the impacts, but also responses to climate change; and providing a forum to develop, to review and to improve the methods and tools available to Parties to help them improve their implementation of mitigation and adaptation actions, dealing with loss and damage, mobilising support and means of implementation and raising ambition to meet the long-term goals of the Convention and the Paris Agreement.