UN chief calls for continued fight against climate change

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) concluded the day before in that Scottish city, after their negotiations took longer than expected and with a final document that did not cover critical points, newspapers reported.

Guterres wrote on his official Twitter account, “My message to young people, indigenous communities, women activists and all those driving climate action is to never give up and keep moving forward.”

“I know you might be disappointed. But we are fighting a battle for our lives and this battle must be won.”

The highest representative of the United Nations, in his closing statement at the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties, welcomed the commitments made, but lamented that deep contradictions remained to be overcome.

He noted that although important steps had been taken, the collective political will was not sufficient to overcome some contradictions.

Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread, we are still on the verge of climate catastrophe, it is time to adopt emergency mode or the chance of achieving zero emissions will be zero, said Guterres, who has called for an end to the use of coal. .

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has reaffirmed his conviction of the need to end fossil fuel subsidies and build the resilience of vulnerable societies in the face of the current impacts of climate change.

He said the $100 billion climate finance commitment to support developing countries must be met, but none of those earlier targets were met in Glasgow. The final declaration was adopted on Saturday more than 24 hours after the event was scheduled, and after painstaking negotiations.

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At the last minute, the Indian delegation was able to change the wording of the text referring to coal, which was ultimately advice to “reduce”, rather than eliminate, its use in plants that do not have the technology to capture and store emissions. .

Among the novelties, the document, approved by representatives of nearly 200 participating countries, calls on rich nations to double their financial contributions by 2025 to help poor and vulnerable nations cope and mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Glasgow Declaration also called on the parties to the 2015 Paris Agreement to advance their plans to cut emissions into next year, with the goal of maintaining the goal of limiting global temperature to 1.5°C.

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