“Climate change is running faster than we are. This will not destroy this planet. We will be the ones destroyed by climate change unless we act,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated.
Just after he arrived at the World Economic Forum, Guterres said on Twitter:
I’m in Davos to deliver a strong message on #ClimateAction. While our planet is burning, too many decision makers are fiddling. Every city, region, bank, pension fund & industry must completely reimagine how they operate and invest to avoid a point of no return. #WEF20
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) 23 de enero de 2020
In the plenary room while addressing the political leaders, entrepreneurs, and social activities, he stated: “What is clear is that the lack of political will has made it so that none of the big CO2 emitters has committed to carbon neutrality yet.”
The UN Secretary-General indicated that “I would use two words to describe the state of the world today: uncertainty and instability.”
He also sustained that “climate change is running faster than we are and we are not winning the race.”
Climate change emergency
Hours before, during the General Assembly, Guterres identified the “four horsemen” that can “jeopardize every aspect of our shared future.”
While speaking about the priorities in 2020, which include the launch of a Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the 2030 Agenda, he discussed war, climate change, lack of trust in globalization, and technology.
“El planeta es resiliente, sí. El planeta no se va a destruir. Lo que se va a destruir es nuestra capacidad para vivir en él”. @antonioguterres @ONU_es #WEF20
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— WEF en Español (@wef_es) 23 de enero de 2020
“Our planet is on fire,” Guterres said when referring to the horsemen of climate change and recalled there are one million endangered species and seven million people die each year due to pollution.
Guterres: We’re lagging behind
“Humankind has declared a war on nature and nature is striking back in a very violent way” he added.
During his speech in Davos, the leader highlighted that “the climate change won’t destroy this planet, it is we that will destroy our ability to live on this planet.”
Finally, the official insisted that “the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda should be of the highest priority in the agenda of all countries,” after reaffirming his opening statement: “Let’s be clear, we’re lagging behind.”
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