The UN Secretary General António Guterres called to creation of favourable conditions for harmony between humanity and nature on the margins of the G20 Summit which concluded in Japan.
– Absolutely essential to rescue the planet. And so all the analyses that can be made show the situation, in practical terms, is worse than what we could have forecasted, – Guterres stated in Osaka.
He underlined that the members of the G20 that represent 80 per cent of the emissions in climate change, appealing for a much stronger engagement in international financial and economic cooperation.
The UN chief also pointed out that the recently concluded UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting in Bonn (Germany) was not a success, saying that the realities on the ground today are “even more difficult” because of “political failing in some areas of the world”.
– We need a boost in political will. Countries need to do more, mobilizing their own internal resources, improving their governance, – asserted the UN chief.
Avowing his belief in climate science, Mr. Guterres cited the landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report of last October, which spells out that by the end of the 21st Century, temperatures must not exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. This necessitates the world reaching carbon neutrality by 2050, which requires more ambition by governments and others.