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104 countries sign declaration on forest to accelerate climate action

At least 110 leaders representing 85% of Earth’s forests signed the COP26 Glasgow Leaders Declaration on Forests and Land Use, thereby committing to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030.

Furthermore, the Global Methane Pledge was signed by 104 countries representing 70% of the global economy so far. The pledge, spearheaded by the United States and the European Union, aims to reduce methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030.

Many companies and international banks also joined political leaders on this journey to fight climate change and save “the lungs of our planet.”

This is because methane is the second biggest greenhouse gas causing climate change after carbon dioxide (C02).

Meanwhile, more than 35 world leaders signed up to the Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda, which will see countries and businesses work together to scale up and speed the development and deployment of clean technologies while driving down costs this decade.

Signatories included the United States, India, European Union (EU), developing economies, and even some of the nations that are most vulnerable to climate impacts.

Also, more countries have stepped up: India, Thailand, Nepal, Nigeria, and Vietnam made new net-zero pledges which now means that 90% of the global economy is covered by net-zero commitments.

However, and to cite the UN chief António Guterres’ reaction to today’s forests pledge, signing the declaration is the easy part: “It is essential that it is implemented now for the people and planet.”

The Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda will see countries and businesses work together to scale up and speed the development and deployment of clean technologies while driving down costs this decade.

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