Global leaders must dispense with soft language and step up efforts to mitigate climate change if they are to avert “terrible human suffering” in the decades to come, the head of the UN has said.
In comments timed to coincide with the opening of Cop26, the climate summit being held in Glasgow, グテーレス氏はこう書いている: 「これまでの政府の行動は、切実に必要とされているものに単純に足し合わない。.
「外交上の優しさの時が過ぎました. 政府、特にG20政府が立ち上がって、この取り組みを主導しない場合, we are headed for terrible human suffering.
“But all countries need to realise that the old, carbon-burning model of development is a death sentence for their economies and our planet.”
The UN secretary-general urged Cop26 participants to continue to aim for the 1.5C warming target agreed on in Paris in 2015, which he said was still “entirely achievable”.
しかしながら, Mr Guterres warned it would only be hit if carbon emissions were slashed nearly in half this decade and they reached net-zero levels by 2050.
Boris Johnson and others have acknowledged that securing the necessary agreements over the next two weeks will be an uphill battle. The PM has attempted to manage expectations for a summit his own advisers have labelled “the one chance we have to save the world”.
Cop26 got off to a rocky start when its president Alok Sharma was heckled as he addressed the summit’s youth event. Young delegates called the minister a hypocrite on Saturday night, attacking the government’s plans for the Cambo oil field.