António Guterres Urges Full Paris Implementation
On Tuesday in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged countries to show "greater ambition and a greater sense of urgency" to confront the “direct existential threat” of climate change, and to adopt implementation guidelines of the Paris Agreement in Poland in December of this year.
“Making matters worse, we — as a community of world leaders — are not doing enough", he told world leaders gathered for the opening of the annual debate of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world,” he warned.
The UN Chief said that according to the World Meteorological Organization, the past two decades included 18 of the warmest years since record-keeping began in 1850.This year, for the first time, thick permanent sea ice north of Greenland began to break up. The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the highest in 3 million years and rising.
"Governments need to be courageous and smart. That means ending trillions of dollars in subsidies for fossil fuels. It means establishing an adequate price for carbon. It means stopping investments in unsustainable infrastructure that lock in bad practices for decades to come", António Guterres explained.
The UN’s top official also set out his expectations for the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Poland, where he hopes the spirit of multilateralism will prevail.