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New York, Dec 1 (Canadian-Media): The UN Secretary-General has called for “increased ambition and commitment” from governments during the coming days of the COP25 UN climate change conference which opens in Madrid on Monday, UN reports said.
“My message here today is one of hope not of despair” said UN chief António Guterres
addressing journalists at a press conference in the Spanish capital on Sunday and continued,
“The last five years have been the hottest ever recorded...the point of no return is no longer over the horizon. It is in sight and is hurtling towards us”.
1.5 degrees ‘still within reach’ Efforts so far have been “utterly inadequate” and the Paris Agreement commitments still mean a rise of 3.2 degrees unless more drastic action is taken, said the UN chief, but 1.5 degrees “is still within reach.”
He said political energy should be concentrated on replacement of digging and drilling by renewable energy and nature-based solutions to drastically slow climate change and added,
“In the crucial 12 months ahead, it is essential that we secure more ambitious national commitments – particularly from the main emitters – to immediately start reducing greenhouse gas emissions at a pace consistent to reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.”
Mr. Guterres said at least $100 billion dollars must be made available to developing countries for mitigation and adaptation and to take into account their “legitimate expectations to have the resources necessary to build resilience and for disaster response and recovery.”
The “social dimension” of climate change must also be paramount, so that national commitments include “a just transition for people whose jobs and livelihoods are affected as we move from the grey to the green economy.”
In conclusion he noted: “We are in a deep hole and we are are still digging. Soon it will be too deep to escape.”