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For many years, there has been a widely shared public perception that there is no scientific consensus that climate change is in fact anthropogenic (human-induced). In 2013, however, a groundbreaking peer-reviewed survey examined almost 12,000 scientific papers published between 1991 and 2011 on the subject 'global climate change' and 'global warming' and found that over 97% of the papers taking a position on the subject agreed that humans are causing global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Fifth Synthesis Assessment Report in 2014 also supports this conclusion

Climate change is the most significant environmental challenge facing the world today, with anticipated impacts such as increasingly extreme weather events and disruption of agricultural production. Although much debate remains regarding the most effective strategies for addressing climate change, there is broad international agreement that concerted international action must be taken to stabilise greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions if we want to avoid catastrophic climate impacts.

We support the implementation of actions at the national, regional and international level directed at addressing climate change and stabilising GHG emissions, through our cross-cutting programmes and projects on Land use/forests, REDD+, Safeguards, Multilateralism.