BERLIN (AP) – UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday the coronavirus pandemic has shown how fragile societies are, but when governments work together on common challenges, including global warming, it can be an opportunity to Better to rebuild. ”
At a two-day international meeting on climate change, the head of the United Nations said the only effective response to the global health emergency was “courageous, visionary, and collaborative leadership.”
“The same leadership is needed to address the impending existential threat of climate change,” Guterres said, noting that the past decade has been the hottest in history since measurements began.
He urged the European Union to submit updated emission reduction plans by the end of the year that would put Europe on the path to becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
But Guterres added that other large issuers have also come on board. He found that the group of the 20 most important industrialized and emerging countries together accounts for more than 80% of global emissions.
“The Paris Agreement was largely made possible through the commitment of the United States and China,” he said, referring to a 2015 climate deal. “Without the contribution of the big emitters, all of our efforts will be doomed to fail.”
Under President Donald Trump, the United States has withdrawn from the Paris Agreement, which is committed to keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century.
“These are dark days, but they are not without hope,” said Guterres. “We have a rare and short window of time to rebuild our world for the better.”
“Let us use the pandemic recovery to lay the foundation for a safe, healthy, inclusive and resilient world for all,” he added.