Global pledge from 23 countries to boost climate ambitions

In a new declaration, Denmark and 22 other countries have promised to explore the different ways they could intensify their efforts on averting climate change.

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Danish climate minister Lars Christian Lilleholt. Photo: /ritzau/Jens Dresling

Denmark has banded together with 22 other nations in a new, global declaration, advocating stepping up climate change mitigation efforts, the Danish Ministry of Energy, Utilities and Climate says in announcement.

The countries are promising to investigate the options for raising their own climate ambitions as well as ratifying "a strong set of regulations" for the Paris Climate Accord at COP24 in Poland this December.

"I am very pleased to stand forward with this group of the world's most ambitions countries, hereby emphasizing the importance international efforts to mitigate climate change. At the same time, we give our support to the UN Secretary General and his leadership regarding climate up to the planned climate summit meeting in 2019 – and in my opinion, this is a strong and important signal to the rest of the world about our striving to to live up to the Paris Climate Accord's goals," says Danish Energy and Climate Minister Lars Christian Lilleholt (Liberal Party) in the statement.

Besides Denmark, the declaration's signatories include Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, Sweden, the UK, Norway, Mexico and New Zealand.

The statement does not, however, specify any concrete initiatives that will assist the individual nations in reaching the international climate goal of limiting the increase of global temperature to 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius.

The declaration follows two days after the new tripartite EU agreement on climate goals. The EU has set a goal for sourcing 32 percent of it energy mix from renewable energy by 2030 and a 32.5 percent target for energy optimization. These targets are a part of creating a framework for the EU to live up to the Paris Climate Accord.

English Edit: Daniel Frank Christensen

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