UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that humanity is waging a suicide war on nature and there is no way to address the climate emergency without the United States’ global leadership.
In a keynote address at Columbia University in New York, Guterres declared, “The condition of the earth is broken.”
He said that global carbon neutrality must be achieved within the next 30 years, global finance must be adjusted after the 2015 Global Agreement to combat climate change, and there must be a breakthrough in adaptation to protect the world, especially the most vulnerable. , From climate influence.
Responding to a student’s question, Guterres said, “I believe there is no way to solve the global climate emergency problem without US leadership.”
He said that without the leadership of the then-U.S. President Barack Obama, a global consensus to combat climate change would not have been possible. He pointed out that the summit between Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping helped win support from China.
Since then, Obama’s successor Donald Trump has referred to climate change as a “cheat”, questioned science, and in 2017 withdrew the United States from global climate change negotiations. This is a decision that went into effect on the 4th of November for the president-elect of the United States. Joe Biden promised to rejoin the contract.
Guterres said, “We believe that the United States will take on the global leadership that the American people need to make climate action successful.” “Everything that can be done to ensure that cities, state and federal governments have a global leadership in climate action is very important.”
Last month, a group representing European and American investors with a total of $30 trillion in assets warned that by withdrawing from climate trading, the United States is at risk of falling behind in the race to create a clean global economy.
Biden and Guterres discussed the need for a “strengthened partnership” to tackle climate change on Monday.