The UN Climate Summit in New York September 23 will have built momentum for a global agreement in 2015 if it got leaders focused, mobilized finance through the new Green Climate Fund, mobilized civil society, and broadened the case for action, writes Elliot Diringer, Executive Vice President of the U.S. Center for Energy and Climate Solutions (C2ES). “In the broadest sense, the aim in both New York and Paris is building confidence, which in turn builds political will,” he says. “Knowing that others are doing their fair share makes it easier for everyone to do more. It’s an accumulative process—it strengthens over time.”
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