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We are losing the race on climate change: UN chief Antonio Guterres

The UN secretary-general said the commitments made in Paris were already "not enough".

January 24, 2019 / 03:03 PM IST
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who addressed the gathering by video message because of the pandemic, warned that

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who addressed the gathering by video message because of the pandemic, warned that "the only way to totally eliminate nuclear risk is to totally eliminate nuclear weapons".

UN chief Antonio Guterres on January 24 warned that the world is "losing the race" on climate change as he demanded that governments make bolder commitments beyond the Paris accord.

"Climate change is the defining issue of our time. We are losing the race," he said on the margins of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

"It is absolutely central to reverse this trend." Guterres said he was "not hopeful" that nations would find the resolve but stressed: "We need political will and we need governments who understand that this is the most important priority of our times."

The Paris climate accord has been shaken by the withdrawal of the United States under President Donald Trump, and by threats to do the same by Brazil's new hard-right leader Jair Bolsonaro.

The UN secretary-general said the commitments made in Paris were already "not enough".

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"If what we agreed in Paris would be materialised, the temperature would rise more than 3.0 degrees (Celsius)," he said on a Facebook Live broadcast from Davos.

"We need countries to make stronger commitments," Guterres said, calling for more measures to mitigate against climate change, adapt to it, and financial aid for poorer countries.
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first published: Jan 24, 2019 02:52 pm

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