Unic Press UK: The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres says he’s deeply concerned about the climate crisis in the world.
In his remarks Saturday, the 27th April 2018 at Leaders’ Roundtable on promoting green and sustainable development to implement the 2030 Agenda, Guterres said:
“I am deeply concerned about the climate crisis, and this is a matter I am very passionate about. The climate crisis threatens decades of progress and jeopardizes all our plans for an inclusive and sustainable development. And the clock is ticking. Science has clearly told us that we have only 12 years for this transformation, if we want to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. To put it simply, we need green development. We need sustainable development. And we need it now. We can win the race to keep our planet livable and on a healthy trajectory. But this requires action that is rooted in solutions that are sustainable and aligned with the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda.”
The Secretary-General called on leaders’ to deploy concrete, realistic plans aimed at enhancing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2020; he reiterated the Paris Agreement, which was reached to strengthen the response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century at a level below 2 degrees Celsius.
Guterres said he would convene a Climate Action Summit in New York on September 23 to “showcase practical, feasible and ambitious solutions to meet our goals.”