From September 21—24, 2020, the World Economic Forum’s fourth and first fully virtual Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020 was held under the banner “Realizing a Great Reset for Sustainable Development” to convene 2100 leaders from government, business, international organizations and civil society along with experts and innovators to initiate, accelerate and scale-up entrepreneurial solutions to tackle climate change and advance sustainable development.
- The summit was based on the five themes of Shared Prosperity, Catalysing cooperation, Better business, Harnessing technology, and Liveable planet.
Focus of the Summit:
The main focus of this summit was to find solutions to the foremost economic, social and environmental challenges amid COVID-19, which has disrupted progress towards many goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Delhi may have 8 months of 32°C average temperature by 2100
During the summit, WEF’s ‘EarthTime Visualisation’ report was released which stated that Delhi may have eight months a year with temperature averaging 32°C by 2100, up from six at present. The WEF used data from the Climate Impact Lab, Climate Central, the Washington Post, and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) satellites to create a visualisation of this worst-case scenario.
- The data model shows that by 2100, average June-August temperatures will reach 38°C (100.4°F) for many parts of the world.
- The report called for effective climate policies, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere or offsetting it by planting new forests, and upgrading transportation and energy systems to save the future.
–The regions of Phoenix, Arizona, may have nearly 200 days a year of temperatures hitting at least 32°C (89.6°F), while regions of southern Europe will have average June-August temperatures of 30°C (86°F).
–Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia’s June-August temperatures will average more than 30°C (86°F), while Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, can disappear under water due to rising sea levels.
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About World Economic Forum (WEF):
Founder and Executive Chairman– Klaus Martin Schwab
Headquarters– Cologny, Switzerland