2. Our role on the international stage
Promoting Scotland as a world leader on climate change and engaging with the international community on climate related issues are key aspects of our external outreach activity. The Scottish Government has established a strong presence within the global climate action debate. This has been built over many years through Ministerial attendance at annual Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and through active participation in international climate programmes. This includes the Under 2 Coalition, which is made up of more than 200 governments who represent over 1.3 billion people and nearly 40% of the global economy.
The Scottish Government supports the Paris Agreement, which mandates the international response to global climate change. As stated earlier, in May 2018, we introduced a new Climate Change Bill which will raise our ambitions in direct response to the Paris Agreement and ensure we achieve net zero emissions of carbon dioxide, otherwise known as carbon neutrality, by 2050. This will mean that Scotland continues to meet its responsibilities and shows leadership as one of the first countries to bring forward new statutory climate targets in response to the Paris Agreement.