Climate Action 'A Necessity and an Opportunity,' Says UN Chief, Urging World to Rally Behind
Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all.
"The effects of climate change are dangerous and they are accelerating," Secretary-General Guterres told a gathering of students, business leaders and academics at the New York University Stern School of Business.
"It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris Agreement [on climate change] - and that we fulfil that duty with increased ambition," he underscored, recalling the ground-breaking agreement that entered into force last November.
The Agreement calls on countries to combat climate change and to accelerate and intensify the actions and investments needed for a sustainable low carbon future, and to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change.