22 April 2021 U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attended the leaders’ climate summit in video and delivered a speech. In his speech, Guterres again stressed the seriousness of the current climate problem and urged developed countries to make a greater contribution to climate action.
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: “Before the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Climate Convention in Glasgow in November, we need concrete proposals to provide greater financial and technical support to the most vulnerable countries.” Developed countries must deliver on public climate finance commitments, including a $100 billion commitment to climate action in developing countries at the G7 summit in June.
Guterres called on the international community to work together to address the climate crisis. He also said that the world is currently recovering from the economic impact of the new corona pneumonia outbreak, but only 18 to 24 percent of the funds are spent on energy conservation and emission reduction.
Guterres stressed that the current reconstruction cannot throw pressure and a broken planet to future generations.
He called on countries to submit new, more ambitious nationally owned contribution plans and to outline actions and policies for the next 10 years consistent with the “net zero” path of 2050.