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Members of the Green Group call for action in combating climate change

New York, 24 September 2020 – On the margins of the Climate Week taking place during the General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), members of the Green Group (Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Iceland, Singapore, Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates) call for action in combating climate change in their joint statement.

The members of the Green Group are drawing attention to the increasing impact of climate change that demands urgent action. It is the continuation of the Group's call for climate action presented at last year’s UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit, UN Climate Change Conference (COP25), and the international days of the oceans, the water and bees respectively. The Green Group urges to maintain momentum on climate efforts this year, which must be a year of ambition and action, and to focus on active preparations for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26).

The COVID-19 pandemic reminds us of the pressing need for nature protection, while offering opportunity for green recovery and building greater resilience for countries.

The members of the Green Group remain committed to combating climate change by ambitiously increasing their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The members also reaffirm their commitment to the transition to a low-carbon society, to renewable energy resources and better management of waste, as well as the transition to a circular economy and the adoption of long-term climate policies.

Slovenia provided an update on the groundwork for its long-term climate strategy for 2050 and its comprehensive strategic project aiming at decarbonising Slovenia by transitioning to a circular economy and adopting the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan.

Joint Declaration