United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated on Friday that the responsibility for climate crisis control lies significantly with the G20 countries, who collectively account for 80% of global emissions. Half-measures won’t be enough to combat the climate crisis. He called on G20 nations to demonstrate leadership in two priority areas: preventing climate change and safeguarding sustainable development goals.
Furthermore, Antonio Guterres emphasized that G20 countries should rebuild faith in climate justice and advance equitable changes through green economies, while also maintaining the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, as agreed upon in the Paris Climate Agreement in 2015.
Speaking at a pre-summit press conference for the G20 leaders, Antonio Guterres remarked, “We do not have time to lose, challenges are spreading as far as I can see. The climate crisis is deepening rapidly, but collective response lacks ambition, credibility, and urgency.”
He urged G20 leaders to maintain the 1.5 degrees Celsius target, rebuild faith in climate justice, and advance equitable changes through green economies. He called for extra efforts from major emitting nations to cut emissions and support emerging economies in achieving their goals through green economies. He also stressed the need for developed countries to phase out coal by 2030 and others by 2040, in addition to providing economic support.
The world is looking towards the G20 summit to deliver concrete and ambitious commitments to address the pressing climate crisis, with many hoping that these influential nations will lead the way towards a sustainable future.