Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), meets with leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen to talk about climate change goals and Europe’s role in the global climate negotiations.
According to Steiner, countries are looking towards UN Climate Change Conferences in Paris and Lima as an opportunity to address climate change with a greater sense of ambition and urgency. However, how to translate these ambitions into an agreement remains an extremely challenging issue. The UN Executive Director points out that climate change actions will become much more feasible not because of their intrinsic value to combat climate change, but because of the multiple benefits they generate. He urges Europe to rediscover its ambition on climate change.