Guterres calls for "global coalition" committed to zero emissions

By TPN/Lusa, in News, Health & Environment, World · 24-04-2021 16:00:00 · 1 Comments

The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has called for the formation of "a global coalition of countries, regions, cities and companies" united to achieve neutral carbon emissions by 2050.

Speaking at the global leaders' climate summit convened by the United States, Guterres said the world is "on the brink of collapse" because of the effects of climate change and that the right step includes "a global coalition for zero emissions until the middle of the century that involve "each country, each region, each city, each company and each industry".

The current decade needs to be "a decade of transformation" for all countries, starting with "the largest emitters", requiring nationally determined "new and more ambitious" contributions to global warming and "aligned" policies.

"The billions that we need to recover from covid-19 are money that we are borrowing from future generations and cannot be tied to policies that bind them to a mountain of debt", he defended.

Guterres reiterated the need for measures such as the application of taxes on emissions instead of income, the end of benefits for the exploitation of fossil fuels and the need, before the conference of the signatory parties to the Paris Agreement to limit global warming, scheduled for the end of this year in Glasgow, "concrete proposals arise to guarantee access to finance and technology for the most vulnerable countries".

Like US President Joe Biden, Guterres also stressed that the transition to clean energy represents an imminent economic opportunity.

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Given the seriousness of the situation, we should not shy away from taking a more severe approach. Diplomacy alone--the carrot--isn't working. Let's also use the stick. Countries that are lowering their emissions should act together to impose sanctions on laggard, oil-addicted nations, such as my own country of Canada.

By Vivian Unger from Other on 24-04-2021 05:11
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