United Nations and the Antarctica 2030 agenda: an outline of the current situation

This 16th report, dedicated to the current situation of the worldwide agenda 2030, stops in Antarctica.

A wonderful and essential continent, firstly for global “environmental balances”.

Has any significant change occurred from the first article I drafted on this topic, in the middle of 2020 [1]?

Unfortunately, the situation is still very complicated, even if the humanity “collective feeling” is moving towards an increasing sensitivity about the environment.

Indeed, as Doctress Belardinelli well explained, “[…] an Artic and Antarctic polar ice melting (is taking place), faster and faster. […] One of the anthropogenic main cause of global warming is, as we already know, the emission of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere, especially the carbon dioxide one. This is the aspect that has trigged polar ices melting and, as the Paris Agreement of 2015 acknowledged, you need to focus on this especially in mitigation interventions, to drastically reduce the worldwide carbonic imprint and to point to human systems climate neutrality by the end of the century. […] If you don’t do anything possible to achieve the agreed aims in Paris, and if you indulge in the status quo maintenance while delaying necessary measures, polar ices may pass a no return point, reaching instability and fragility levels that could make their disappearance unavoidable. Consequences on human societies would be drastic […]” [2]

Thus, the main device to solve this primary problem is the Paris Agreement. An Agreement made to maintain global temperature increase below 2°C (with the commitment to achieve 1,5°C), with the worldwide major “polluters” in there, like USA that revitalized this topic after Trump’s presidency, which ended few months ago. An Agreement that however, to be observed, needs a tight gear roll followed by everyone, but still, it’s difficult to see.

As well-argued on the website at the beginning of 2021, indeed, “[…] If the world doubles the step it will comply with the Paris agreement. […] Emissions decrease, today, at a rate of 1% per annum. If we succeed in bringing it to 1,8% we will have a one in two chance in containing the global warming below 2°C by the end of the century. […] With the today’s States climate commitment, we only have a 5% probability of complying the Paris Agreement” [3].

So, in the end, it’s possible to assert that in 2021 the situation is not one of the best, but the world still has possibilities to adapt to our planet needs.

As concerns Antarctica, it’s one of the most precious “environmental assets” that we have and the Paris agreement compliance would guarantee its essential survival, which today is being seriously threatened. A menace that hits not only this specific territory, but also the entire globe.

[1] Agenda 2030 e Antartide: cenni sullo “stato dell'arte” - Mondo Internazionale.

[2] Il ritiro dei ghiacci in Antartide e l’aumento del livello dei mari: rispettare l’Accordo di Parigi non è una scelta | Il Bo Live UniPD.

[3] Accordo di Parigi: per rispettarlo dobbiamo raddoppiare l’ambizione sul clima (

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    Alessandro Fanetti

    Alessandro Fanetti è nato nel 1988 a Siena e attualmente tratta le questioni inerenti l'Agenda 2030 delle Nazioni Unite per Mondo Internazionale. Da sempre appassionato di geopolitica (con focus sulle aree del centro-sud America ed ex-URSS), collabora anche con l' "Istituto di Alti Studi in Geopolitica e Scienze Ausiliarie" (IsAG) e con "Opinio Juris – Law and Politics Review". Ha conseguito un Master in Intelligence Economica presso lo IASSP di Milano nel 2020 e ha frequentato con successo un corso sulla geopolitica latinoamericana e caraibica promosso dalla "Escuela de Estudios Latinoamericanos y Globales" (ELAG) nel 2021. Infine, è iscritto all' "Associazione Italiana Analisti di Intelligence e Geopolitica" (AIAIG) ed è l'autore di un libro intitolato "Russia: alla ricerca della potenza perduta - Dall'avvento di Putin alle prospettive future di un Paese orfano dell'URSS" (Edizioni Eiffel, 2021).

    Alessandro Fanetti was born in Siena in 1988. Since 2019 he has been writing posts for "Mondo Internazionale" on 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He has always been passionate about geopolitics (with a particular focus on Latin America and former USSR area), he also writes for IsAG and Opinio Juris - Law and Politics Review. He holds a Master degree in Economic Intelligence and actually he's writing a book about post-Soviet Russia. In the end, he is a member of the AIAIG and he is the author of the book "Russia: alla ricerca della potenza perduta - Dall'avvento di Putin alle prospettive future di un Paese orfano dell'URSS" (Edizioni Eiffel, 2021).


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