Two years to save the world

Executive Secretary of UN Climate Change, Simon Stiell, lays out what needs to be done by COP30, and its long-term significance.

Open event, Panel Recording
10 April 2024 — 2:00PM TO 3:00PM
Chatham House and Online

Event video

Simon Stiell discusses how governments can demonstrate their commitment to keeping 1.5°C alive.

On climate, the world has gone from denial to procrastination. Climate inaction is no longer defended by denying the science, but because action is claimed to be too costly or unachievable. Yet, the time to shape a liveable future is running out, with the decisions taken over the coming two years determining how close to limiting global warming to 1.5°C we will get by the end of the century.

With more than 60 countries going to the polls this year, and nearly 90 per cent of the population in 125 countries wanting stronger climate action, every election is a climate change election. We must now see climate action as a tool to create better, more equitable and cleaner societies, with solid economies built around plentiful, renewable energy.

Key questions discussed include:

  • How can governments demonstrate their commitment to keeping 1.5°C alive?
  • How do governments counter procrastination and respond to the increasing threats of climate change impacts reducing their ability to take meaningful mitigation action?
  • What should governments consider when preparing the economic and social policies to meet climate needs?