NIn a closing speech at the Climate Ambition Summit, Guterres adopted a tone of optimism, motivated by the “concrete measures” that were presented at the event for “a world of clean air and accessible clean energy for all”.
Guterres said it is possible to take significant steps in the right direction: accelerating decarbonization and protecting those on the frontline of the climate crisis.
“We know that the Acceleration Agenda is practical, possible and achievable. We saw evidence of this today. And we know that it is essential to keep the 1.5 degree (temperature rise) threshold alive. But let us not be under any illusions. There is still a long way to go to go for the COP28 Summit to be a success”, he noted.
According to the United Nations, the Summit represents “a critical political milestone to demonstrate that there is a collective global will to accelerate the pace and scale of a just transition to a more equitable, renewable energy-based and climate-resilient global economy “.
The former Portuguese prime minister argued that all cities, companies and countries — and particularly the G20 — must demonstrate true ambition and honor their climate promises.
Among the urgent priorities for the coming months, the UN leader indicated that the G20 must show that it will accelerate the progressive elimination of fossil fuels, as well as the deployment of renewable energy.
Guterres called on developed countries to urgently deliver the promised $100 billion per year (€93.8 billion) and create a clear plan to double funding for green adaptation.
“We need everyone involved to make this a reality”, said António Guterres.
The Secretary-General convened this high-level summit during the 78th UN General Assembly to urge leaders of governments, businesses, cities and regions, civil society and financial institutions to take action on climate action.
The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, was also present at this summit, which takes place at a time when the damage caused by the climate crisis is already extensive and global greenhouse gas emissions remain at record levels.
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