AFP / October 29, 2021 at 6:14 p.m.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres September 22, 2021 Photo Justin Lane / Pool via REUTERS / File Photo

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Friday called on the G20 to put global efforts to limit global warming “back on track” a few days before the opening of COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland.

There is a “serious risk” that Glasgow will not deliver the hoped-for result, he reiterated during a press conference on the eve of a meeting of G20 heads of state and government this week. -end in Rome. “It’s not a prediction, it’s a warning. We still have time to get things back on track and this G20 meeting is an opportunity to do that,” he added. “On all our climate objectives, we have a long way to go and we must step up the pace,” he insisted. “It’s not too late, but we must act now.”

Mr Guterres has already sounded the alarm on several occasions, warning of the coming “climate catastrophe” and underlining the “special responsibility” of the G20 countries, which account for the largest share of global emissions. greenhouse gas. “If we want real success, and not just a mirage, we need more ambition and more action,” he said on Friday. “This will only be possible with a massive mobilization of political will and this requires trust between the key players”, a trust today “in limited quantity” between the large economies, both emerging and developed, underlined the secretary general of the ‘UN. So “the most important objective of this G20 meeting must be to restore confidence,” he said.

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