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  • 09 July, 2020

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World’s First Online Climate Summit

World’s First Online Climate Summit

World leaders are set to participate in an innovative climate change summit that will take place entirely online which makes it a carbon-neutral summit.

  • By contrast, the UN's COP21 climate talks in Paris in 2015 generated about 43,000 tons of carbon dioxide, although much of this was later offset through carbon-credit schemes.
  • The Virtual Climate Summit is the brainchild of Marshall Islands President, whose nation is facing the worst impacts of climate change.
  • With participants including French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, this will be the first global political meeting to be held online.
  • It will consist of a rolling, 24-hour Livestream that will begin in the Marshalls' capital Majuro, then include addresses from leaders and panel discussions before delivering a declaration.


  • The virtual summit's main aim is to encourage the international community to restrict global warming to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels.
  • The immediate objective is to cut carbon emissions since flying is among the most harmful activities for the climate, accounting for about 2.5% of the world’s carbon emissions. Also, the online platform will not put additional pressure on an already resource constraint nation.
  • A virtual summit also flattens the playing field, and removes barriers like plane tickets and conference passes that inevitably leave out those most impacted by climate change. It is more participative.
  • It is the first time that leaders from the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), have come together, and therefore it is also a chance for those on the front line of climate change to make their voices heard.

Source: TH


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