UN chief calls for worldwide "state of climate emergency"

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Added On December 13, 2020

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Saturday called for a worldwide "state of climate emergency" to tackle global warming.

 
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Guterres made the remarks at the Climate Ambition Summit co-convened by the United Nations and the governments of Britain and France.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General 
"Five years after the Paris Agreement on climate change, the world is still not going in the right direction. The Paris Agreement promised to limit temperature rise to as close to 1.5 degrees Celsius as possible. But the commitments made in Paris were far from enough to get there. And even those commitments are not being met."
 
The secretary-general called on all leaders worldwide to declare a state of climate emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached.
 
He said some 38 countries have already done so, recognizing the urgency and the stakes. All other countries should follow.
 
He pointed out that the recovery from COVID-19 presents an opportunity to set economies and societies on a green path in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): ANTONIO GUTERRES, UN Secretary-General
 
"More and more countries have committed to net-zero emissions. The business community is getting onboard the sustainability train. We see cities are striving to become greener and more livable. We see young people are taking on responsibility and demanding it of others. Mindsets are shifting."