At the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Guterres specifically called on leaders to end subsidies on fossil fuels, end the use of coal, invest in renewable energy, and tax carbon and pollution “instead of people’s income”. called upon.
“Climate alarm bells are also ringing at a fever pitch,” he said. “The recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a red code for humanity. We see warning signs in every continent and region – scorching temperatures, shocking biodiversity loss, polluted air, water and natural spaces.”
He also said that the climate divide between the rich and poor world should be bridged, explicitly calling on developed countries to contribute money to help developing countries face the climate crisis.
Guterres began the 76th General Debate with the hope that US President Joe Biden would meet the global challenges he laid out in his speech. Unlike his predecessor, Donald Trump, Biden has promised to increase support for developing countries, although he has yet to announce an increase in funding. Biden has pledged leadership in convening nations around new environmental protection pledges, with his climate envoy John Kerry touring the world to push countries to limit their fossil fuel emissions.
The assembly is the last major international event before world leaders meet again at the G20 in Rome in October, immediately followed by the UN climate summit in Scotland.
“We are weeks away from the UN climate summit in Glasgow, but light years from reaching our goal,” Guterres said. “We must be serious and we must act fast”.
Guterres’ speech revealed his growing impatience and despair towards the leaders. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – whose government has allowed massive deforestation in the Amazon – is also speaking on Tuesday.
The UN chief’s speech and new tough tone come as Guterres prepares to begin his next five-year term as UN Secretary-General. It also comes amid a global political landscape that has become more liberal in term since the exit of former US President Donald Trump.
Guterres’ office said the Secretary-General and President Biden met at Biden’s Manhattan hotel on Monday evening with a discussion that “reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United Nations and the United States, based on shared principles and values.” Is.”
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