UN Secretary-General António Guterres: »The collective commitments of the G20 governments are far too small and come far too late«
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Politically, the fight against the worsening climate crisis is stagnating, complains UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
"While the climate chaos is progressing, climate protection has stalled," said Guterres on Monday in New York - and attacked the leading industrialized nations in particular.
"To put it bluntly: the collective commitments of the G20 governments are far too small and come far too late." Much more international willingness to compromise is needed at the upcoming world climate conference in Egypt.
In Egypt, at the UN conference, known as COP27, almost 200 countries are discussing for two weeks how the fight against global warming can be intensified.
Time is of the essence, as the past seven years have been the warmest since weather records began.
The summer in Europe was characterized by droughts, which are becoming more frequent as a result of the climate crisis.
In his dramatic appeal to the COP27 climate conference, Guterres described efforts to combat global warming as a "fight to the death for our security today and our survival tomorrow."
Humanity has experienced “immense” climate impacts around the world this summer, Guterres said.
The fight against climate change is now a "moral imperative," Guterres told journalists at the UN headquarters in New York.
“A third of Pakistan flooded.
Europe's hottest summer in 500 years.
The Philippines affected.
All of Cuba without electricity.
And here in the United States, Hurricane Ian has been a brutal reminder that no country or economy is immune to the climate crisis,” he said.
Guterres referred to the current plight of people and nations.
"If we don't react to losses and damage, we will lose even more trust and further damage the climate," he warned.
The UN Secretary-General therefore demanded that the COP27 climate conference in Egypt in November be “the place” where the “losses and damage” are discussed.
Delegates from more than 50 countries, including US climate commissioner John Kerry, will take part in the informal talks in the Congolese capital of Kinshasa, which will last until Wednesday.
Official explanations are not expected.
The meeting is part of a series of regional gatherings to prepare for the next world climate change conference, COP27, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, from 6-18 November.
Then it will primarily be a question of greater support from the wealthy countries responsible for a large part of the climate-damaging CO2 emissions to poorer countries.