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UN chief urges action against global warming – NHK WORLD

UN chief urges action against global warming

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging governments to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Guterres spoke on Thursday at an international conference attended by ministers from UN member nations.

He said natural disasters linked to global warming are occurring in the world every week, and that all nations have the responsibility to take action.

Guterres urged officials to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent compared to 2010 over the next decade, and achieve net zero emissions globally by 2050.

The UN chief stressed his hope that world leaders will implement policies against global warming. He included US President Donald Trump, who in 2017 announced his intent to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

Guterres also said he will hold a climate action summit alongside the UN General Assembly in September, telling leaders, “Don’t come with a speech, come with a plan.” Action plans to address global warming based on the 2015 Paris Agreement will be implemented starting next year.

The World Meteorological Organization said in its latest report, released Thursday, that the last year has seen an increase in floods and droughts. In addition, sea levels have risen, the earth’s oceans are more acidic and sea ice has melted.

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