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UN chief on climate change

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Added On November 12, 2017

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for more action and bolder ambition to fight climate change.
 
Guterres made the appeal before a trip to Bonn, Germany, for this year's UN climate conference, which he said comes at a pivotal moment. 
 
Guterres noted a series of recent reports have set climate alarm bells ringing.
 
The latest data released by the World Meteorological Organization showed dangerous growth of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over the past seven decades. Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are now the highest in 800,000 years.
 
A report of the UN Environment Program shows that greenhouse gas levels in 2020 are likely to be so elevated that it will be extremely difficult to meet the Paris reduction targets for 2030. The report points out that human activities are likely the dominant cause. 
 
SOUNDBITE (English): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"These reports send two clear messages: we need to accelerate climate action and we need to raise ambition." 
 
Guterres asked to further cut greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent by 2020. He said to that end, carbon pricing is an important instrument that must be developed.
 
SOUNDBITE (English): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"The window of opportunity to meet the 2-degree target may close in 20 years or less -- and we may have only five years to bend the emissions curve towards 1.5 degrees."
 
He called for funds for developing countries, stressing the need to mobilize the agreed 100 U.S. billion dollars annually for developing countries.
 
SOUNDBITE (English) Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
"In September 2019, I will convene a Climate Summit to mobilize political and economic energy at the highest levels. I ask world leaders to show courage in combating entrenched interests; wisdom in investing in the opportunities of the future; and compassion in caring (for) what kind of world we build for our children.”