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Updated On: Friday, 20 April 2018

SG on Climate Change

Content by: South-South News

2 April 2018, New York, USA | South-South News — UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on March 29 that “the most systemic threat to humankind remains climate change.”

Supported by new information released in recent days by the World Meteorological Organization, the World Bank and the International Energy Agency, the Secretary-General told journalists outside the Security Council that “scientists are now worried that unless accelerated action is taken by 2020, the Paris goal may become unattainable.”

He said, “I am beginning to wonder how many more alarm bells must go off before the world rises to the challenge.”

Noting that the consumption of fossil fuels rose in 2017, Guterres said, “The Stone Age did not end because the world ran out of stones. It ended because there were better alternatives. And the same applies today to fossil fuels.”

He called on world leaders “to focus on bending the emissions curve and closing the emissions gap” and added that “we need a further cut in emissions of at least 25 per cent by 2020.”

Speaking about the United States, the Secretary-General said, “we have seen in the business community; we have seen in the cities, and we have seen in many states a very strong commitment to the Paris Agreement, to the extent that some indicators are moving even better than in the recent past.”

He said, “there are expectations that, independently of the position of the administration, the US might be able to meet the commitments made in Paris.”

Turning to the situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Guterres said he was “extremely encouraged by the recent visit of the leader of the DPRK to China.”

He said, “I think China is, of course, a very important contributor to a solution in this region. And, so, I am very encouraged by the recent developments, very encouraged by the announcement of the inter-Korean summit. And I believe that, in this world where, unfortunately, so many problems seem not to have a solution, I think there is here an opportunity for a peaceful solution to something that, a few months ago, was haunting us as the biggest danger we were facing.”

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