Today is the official launch of the 2018 Emissions Gap Report developed by the United Nations Environmental Programme. The official event will be held at the Palais Brongniart in Paris, France between 16:00 and 17:30.
The annual report from UN Environment serves as the world’s definitive assessment of the so-called ‘emissions gap‘: The gap between anticipated emission levels in 2030, compared to levels consistent with a 2°C / 1.5° target.

A panel of authors and experts will offer the latest insight on the pace of climate change and climate action through a presentation of key findings from the Emissions Gap Report. Including the latest data on global emissions, analyses on the state of pledges made under the Paris Agreement (Nationally Determined Contributions) and a review of new climate action in the context of fiscal policy, innovation, and contributions from cities, states, and the private sector.

Programme Overview:

  • How are we doing? The definitive measurement of global emissions
    Presented by: Satya Tripathi, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of UN Environment in NY
  • Who is doing it? The latest assessment of Nationally Determined Contributions
    Presented by: Anne Olhoff, Head of Programme, Climate Resilient Development, UNEP-DTU
  • What needs to happen? New scientific insight into the most effective climate actions to reduce the emissions gap
    Presented by: Dr. Jian Liu, Chief Scientist, UN Environment
  • Funding climate action: New analysis of global emissions in the context fiscal policy
    Presented by: Ernest Addison, Governor of Bank of Ghana 
  • Inventing climate actionThe current pace of climate action innovation
    Presented by: Professor Mariana Mazzucato, Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London
  • Expanding climate action: The untapped emissions reduction potential from the private sector and sub-national level
    Presented by: Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris 

About the Emissions Gap Report:

The Emissions Gap Report is UN Environment’s flagship report, presenting an annual assessment of current national mitigation efforts and the ambitions countries have presented in their Nationally Determined Contributions, which form the foundation of the Paris Agreement. The report describes the gap between the countries’ promises on how much they will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and the actual reduction required if we are to keep global warming to a global mean temperature increase well below 2°C by the end of this century.