Speaking in Abu Dhabi, UN Secretary General António Guterres emphasised that the process of climate change is happening faster than predicted.
“We are here because the world is facing a grave climate emergency,” said the chief of the global organisation at a climate meeting held in the capital of the United Arab Emirates in preparation for the New York Climate Summit in September.
“Every week brings new climate-related devastation,” he said, quoting floods, droughts, heat waves, wildfires and severe storms as examples.
warned Guterres, who has called a world summit in New York for 23 September because some countries are failing to comply with the 2015 Paris Agreement, whose main objective is to limit global temperature rise by 2100 to below 2 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels. The desired goal is actually 1.5 degrees.
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He called for ambitious and urgent action to avoid further escalation of the situation.
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