U.N. Chief Warns of a Dangerous Tipping Point on Climate Change

Christopher Davidson
September 14, 2018

By pitching threats to the food chain and access to water, Guterres said the world was "facing a direct existential threat" and the "greatest challenge" of the day.

Not walking the full talk by the star performers on climate change has also resulted in the angry reaction from civil society, and supported by countries, on such climate-hypocrisy. Last month Kerala a state in India endured its adverse monsoon flooding in recent history terminating 400 people and rendering evacuation of one million more from their homes.

Guterres referred to hurricane Maria that killed nearly 3,000 people in Puerto Rico previous year, making it one of the deadliest extreme weather disasters in the United States history. He said that no one should be in doubt regarding the exigency of the crisis. "We are experiencing record-breaking temperatures around the world", he said, adding that according to the World Meteorological Organisation, the past two decades saw 18 of the warmest years since 1850 when records were started.

This year is shaping up to be the fourth hottest, he said.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Monday vowed to keep pressing global leaders to take greater action against human-caused climate change as temperatures rise and natural disasters wreak havoc around the world.

Guterres said he wanted to "hear about how we are going to stop the increase in emissions by 2020", and dramatically reduce them to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century.

"Clearly, we need to increase climate action significantly".

The UN chief went on to say that such a shift in thinking is where "enormous benefits await humankind".

"Technology is on our side in the battle to address climate change", Guterres suggested. "This is hogwash. In fact, the opposite is true".

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UN Secretary-Overall Ban Ki-moon on Thursday said action on climate change can also simply quiet be sooner and broader to flip the ensures of the Paris deal on combatting global warming into concrete measures. "The US has announced its withdrawal from the Paris Agreement but still negotiates as if it is a party, weakening global cooperation by not contributing to finance and technology transfer to developing countries", said Meena Raman, legal adviser at Third World Network.

Guterres called for stronger leadership from politicians, industrial, scientists and the overall public to "ruin the paralysis" and build the arena on a climate-actual path.

Looking ahead, the United Nations chief emphasized that he would be reiterating this message at the General Assembly's high level segment later in the month as well as at other key events, including the G7 and G20 meetings of world leaders; and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings.

The UN chief described the upcoming COP 24 summit in the Polish city of Katowice as a "key moment" when leaders will be asked to "show they care about the people whose fate they hold in their hands". We need to rapidly shift away from our dependence on fossil fuels.

Antonio Guterres recalled that he will organize a global climate summit at the United Nations in September 2019, one year ahead of the deadline for the signatories of the 2015 Paris agreement to fulfill their commitments.

Guterres announced that he will convene a Climate Summit in September 2019 "to bring climate action to the top of the global agenda".

Speaking from the United Nations headquarters in New York, Guterres stressed the crisis had become "urgent" and a failure to reduce dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 would result in "runaway climate change".

David Waskow, worldwide climate director at the Washington-based World Resources Institute, said governments had no time to waste in strengthening their existing national plans.

Espinosa said there was "limited progress" on the issue of contributions from developed nations to developing countries, adding that she is "hopeful" that future discussions will be productive because of the importance of the issue.

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