UN: World needs to declare "climate emergency"

UN: World needs to declare "climate emergency"
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  • calendar-gray 12 December 2020

The UN secretary-general has called on all countries to declare a climate emergency, APA reports citing BBC .

António Guterres was speaking at a virtual summit on the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement,

He criticised rich countries for spending 50% more of their pandemic recovery cash on fossil fuels compared to low-carbon energy.

Over 70 world leaders are due to speak at the meeting organised by the UK, UN and France.

Mr Guterres said that 38 countries had already declared a climate emergency and he called on leaders worldwide to now do the same.

He said the emergency would only end when carbon neutrality was reached.

On the Covid recovery spending, he said that this is money being borrowed from future generations.

"We cannot use these resources to lock in policies that burden future generations with a mountain of debt on a broken planet," he said.

The secretary-general praised those countries who have come to today's meeting with new targets and plans.


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