At a Climate Ambition Summit on 12 December, 75 leaders from all over the world unveiled new commitments and concrete plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to tackle ever-increasing climate change indicators and impacts. The Summit was co-convened by the United Nations, the UK and France, in partnership with Italy and Chile, on the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement and marked a major milestone on the road to the crucial UN climate conference COP26 in Glasgow next November.
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The WMO Regional Training Centre in Italy, founded in 1987 and officially recognized by WMO in 1997, is operated by the Institute of BioEconomy of the National Research Council.