11 December 2020
By Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General:
When 197 countries adopted the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015, I remember feeling an extraordinary surge of hope – for multilateralism, for science, for humanity.
Years of advocacy in support of small and vulnerable Commonwealth states had finally culminated in a binding pact to tackle the greatest threat to Planet Earth, together.
No one expected that just five years later, a deadly pandemic would throw everything we had worked for into dreadful disarray.
Now, as countries grapple with the debilitating impacts of COVID-19, it can even seem like the focus on climate action has diminished, despite the reality that the world remains far off course to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees.
Hope on the horizon
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