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Guterres calls on countries around the world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2030, and to commit to achieving carbon neutrality before 2050, in order to reach the 1.5°C target of the Paris Agreement.

In a statement attributed to the spokesperson for the Secretary-General - according to the United Nations Information Center - Guterres said: "There is no path to achieving this goal without the leadership of the Group of Twenty, and that this indicator is urgently needed by the billions of people who are already on the front lines of the climate crisis and from Before markets, investors and industry who need to be certain that net zero emissions in order to withstand climate change is inevitable.”

The Secretary-General stressed that to achieve this ambitious and achievable goal, the world needs the G-20 to achieve that goal.

Guterres urged all G20 and other leaders to commit to net-zero emissions by mid-century, present more ambitious national climate plans for 2030 and implement concrete policies and actions aligned with a net-zero emissions future. phase out fossil fuel subsidies and agree to a minimum international carbon price subsidy as proposed by the International Monetary Fund.

The Secretary-General said: “The Group of Seven and other developed countries must also provide a credible package of support to developing countries, including achieving the $100 billion target, increasing adaptation and resilience support to at least 50 percent of total climate finance, and urging development banks to public and multilateral efforts to significantly adapt their climate portfolios to meet the needs of developing countries.”

The Secretary-General expressed his intention to take the opportunity of the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly to bring together leaders to reach a political understanding on these critical elements of the package needed for Glasgow.

It is worth noting that the G20 ministers, who met in Italy from July 23-25, were unable to agree on a common formula on two disputed issues related to the phase-out of coal and achieving the 1.5°C target, which will now be discussed at the G20 summit in Rome. Next October, just one day before the start of the twenty-sixth session of the Conference of the Parties.