UN Chief: COP25 a clear sign of commitment

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Added On December 3, 2019

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the need for immediate action to halt climate change.
 
He made the remarks the day before the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25), which opens on Monday in the Spanish capital Madrid.
 
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The motto for COP25 is "Time for Action". The event aims to place emphasis on the need to turn words into deeds after a recent UN study showed higher than ever emissions of greenhouse gases in 2018.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"The last five years are the hottest ever recorded, sea levels are the highest in human history, Ice caps are melting at unprecedented speed and the oceans are becoming more acidic with all its consequences. Biodiversity on land and sea is under severe attack."
 
Guterres criticized a lack of "political will to put a price on carbon, to stop subsidies on fossil fuels, or to stop building coal fueled power stations from 2020 onwards."
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
"My message here today is one of hope and not of despair. Our war against nature must stop and we know that is possible. The scientific community has provided us with a roadmap to achieve this."
 
He said the roadmap to stay below the 1.5 degree rise in climate in the Paris Climate Agreement is in reach. The technology is available. And public opinion is waking up everywhere with young people showing a strong commitment towards the cause.
 
Spain said over 50 world leaders will visit the COP25 summit over the next two weeks, and 196 countries will send delegations to Madrid.