United Nations, Dec 4: During the UN COP24 Climate Change Conference grand opening, Secretary-General António Guterres told over 150 world leaders gathered for climate action that 'we are in deep trouble' and asked decision-makers to focus on four key things, stepping up climate action, according to a solid plan, with more funding, as a smart investment in the future of the planet.
The two-week 24th conference in Katowice, Poland, of the parties to the UN Climate Change Convention (UNFCCC), on Monday saw the high-level grand opening. It marks the deadline for the 197 parties that signed the Convention, to adopt guidelines for the implementation of the historic 2015 Paris Agreement.
In the French capital, three years ago, countries collectively agreed to keep global temperature rises to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and if possible, to limit the rise to 1.5°C. Now, in Poland, they have to agree on how they will achieve this collectively. “We cannot fail in Katowice,” said UN chief Guterres.
Kicking off the event, along with several other high-level representatives, he highlighted four key messages for the thousands of representatives of the world’s nations, non-profit organisations, UN agencies, and private sector companies gathered in Katowice, that included, "We need more action and more ambition, Implementation guidelines are essential to build trust among nations, Adequate funding of climate action will be 'central' and Climate action makes social and economic sense."(UNI)