COP27 must reach agreements to respond to climate crisis: Guterres

United Nations, Oct 3 (EFE).- Next month’s COP27 climate summit must yield agreements on how to respond to the climate crisis and damage caused by global warming, United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres said Monday.

“It’s time to regain trust and work together constructively to build on Glasgow and deliver a package of concrete outcomes at COP27,” Guterres told reporters in Kinshasa.

“We need progress at COP27, progress that shows that leaders fully comprehend the scale of the emergency we face and the value of COP, as a space where world leaders come together to solve problems and take responsibility,” he added.

The Portuguese diplomat warned that all indicators on climate are “heading in the wrong direction” and that the “window of opportunity to avert the worst impacts of the climate crisis” was closing.

The UN chief said financing the loss and damage caused by extreme weather events driven by global warming could no longer be deterred.

“This is a moral responsibility and an economic imperative.”

According to the UN, countries that have contributed least to the climate crisis are being hit the worst and those living in hotspots in the global south are 15 times more likely to die from a natural disaster.

“The world desperately needs hope and can no longer afford the blame while we continue to backslide,” Guterres urged.

COP27 will take place in Egypt’s seaside city of Sharm El-Sheikh from November 6 to 18.


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