UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday said it was “absolutely essential” to implement the Paris climate deal, as the world awaits President Donald Trump’s decision on whether the US will stick to the accord.
“The world is a mess,” Guterres said in a speech at New York University’s Stern School of Business, unveiling a five-point plan to mobilize the world behind climate action.
“The effects of climate change are already being felt around the world and they are dangerous and they are accelerating,” he continued.
“It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris Agreement – and that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition.”
Guterres said he was trying to convince the Trump administration to stick to the agreement, but added that “governments aren’t everything” and encouraged American cities, states and businesses to remain engaged with the deal in the event the US does withdraw.
“Climate change is undeniable, climate action is unstoppable and climate solutions offer opportunities that are unmatchable,” Guterres continued.
When asked in the question-and-answer session following the speech what people can do about climate change, Guterres said “when voting, think of your grandkids or your neighbours’ grandkids.”
Trump tweeted Saturday that he would take a decision “next week” on whether or not to quit the climate agreement, after coming under intense pressure during meetings with world leaders in Brussels and Italy last week.
Posted with permission from dpa German Press Agency