By Steve Straehley | 10/03/2020 07:00:00 AM EDT | Updated 10/04/2020 08:57:24 AM EDTA UN conference on climate change will call on governments to work towards limiting the rise in global temperatures to no more than 2 degrees Celsius, an ambitious goal.
The U.N. climate change conference in Paris, to be held in December, is aimed at creating a global consensus to combat global warming.
The United States is among the nations that will be attending the summit, but not the European Union, which is hosting the U.S. and several other countries.
The two-day conference is expected to bring together nearly 190 countries, most of which have been pressing the world’s leaders to move to a global agreement.
The summit will be held under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which was created by the United States and the United Kingdom in 1988.
It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent to 80 percent by 2050 and limit temperature rise to no further than 2.5 degrees Celsius.
“There is no other world where there is such a global unity on this,” U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday.
“We need to get to that 2 degrees, that is the fundamental target.”
May is seeking a mandate from the U:1.5 percent of global emissions to be eliminated from the atmosphere by 2070.
May’s plan calls for a 30 percent cut by 2050.
The European Union and China are also attending the meeting.
In addition to meeting the 2 degree target, the two nations plan to create a climate-change fund to support developing countries.
They are also planning to launch a new carbon tax that would go into effect in 2019.
U.M. Vice President Joe Biden, U.A.E. president Antonio Guterres and U. N. Secretary-General Antonio Gattaca will be among the speakers at the U-N climate conference.
The conference comes as China is expected in late November to release a report estimating the costs of limiting global warming to 1.5 to 2 degrees C. China will also unveil its ambitious climate change goals in November, as part of the Paris agreement.