UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses the opening of the general debate of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly September 20, 2022 at the UN headquarters in New York. (Xinhua/Li Rui)
“COP27 must show that the world is making progress on all the pillars of the Paris Agreement. We urgently need to address casualties and damage in a meaningful and credible way,” said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Egypt (COP27) needs to make broad headway.
“COP27 must show that the world is making progress on all the pillars of the Paris Agreement. We urgently need to address casualties and damage in a meaningful and credible way,” he said in a video message for the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). guide breakfast.
Casualties and damage are happening now – at 1.1 degrees warming. The floods in Pakistan have inundated a third of the country, he said. “We can only imagine the fate of small islands if we go beyond 1.5 degrees. Two degrees warming is unthinkable and must be avoided at all costs.”
“We need a focused, ambitious global response, including how to fund losses and damage beyond our ability to adapt,” he said. “Polluters have to pay. At the same time, we need to clarify access to finance. Grants and concessional funding cannot currently address your islands’ unique vulnerabilities.”
AOSIS has long championed the highest ambitions in climate action and often leads by example, he said. “They also brought solutions and created a consensus. Your voices as climate leaders, problem solvers and bridge builders are needed now more than ever.”
The United Nations will continue to urge more ambition and climate action from everyone, especially the Group of 20, which accounts for 80 percent of global emissions.
He will continue to call for a renewable energy revolution and urge developed countries to provide developing countries with the finance and technology they need to transition to a net-zero and climate-resilient future, he said.
“We will continue to urge developed countries to honor their $100 billion climate finance commitment. We will urge developed countries to clarify their Glasgow commitment to dual adaptation funding this year. And we will push to ensure your eligibility and access to this funding,” Guterres said.
“You can count on the continued support of the United Nations for your priorities and those of all developing countries,” he said. ■