In December 2017, at the One Planet Summit in Paris, States, companies and non-State actors committed to launch new concrete actions to curb climate change and environmental degradation. On this Wednesday 26 September, these actors are meeting again, this time in New York, to report on progress with the commitments they made nine months earlier. “It’s a very interesting approach”, says Charlotte Cristofari, climate policy specialist at AFD, “What we usually see is that the mobilization of actors focuses on new pledges of commitments. Here, there is also a real political will to follow up on the initiatives announced in December and show that they are bearing fruit.”
In addition to showcasing initiatives which have already been launched, the aim of this mini-summit is therefore to continue to mobilize various actors for the climate, at least until 2020, the date of the official implementation of the Paris Agreement. “We need to ensure that the fight against climate change is stepped up, because the actions and policies undertaken today are still inadequate in view of the issues and objectives of the Paris Agreement”, points out Charlotte Cristofari.
Where do we stand with the 9 commitments made by AFD in December 2017? The first observation: they are all already being implemented. Less than a year later, some have already been achieved, others have been revised up, and most of them are on track to achieving their objectives. “We have made significant strides, both in terms of the initiatives taken as a French institution and those conducted at international level with other partners”, sums up Charlotte Cristofari.
To find out where AFD’s main commitments stand, watch our video and scroll through the blocks below.