United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged for more ambition, leadership, and partnerships in order to take on climate change. He was speaking at the COP23, the UN Climate Conference being held in Bonn, Germany.

“Our duty, to each other and future generations, is to raise ambition,” said Antonio Guterres at a high-level meeting of the COP23.

The COP23 Bonn meeting was attended by various heads of Government, such as French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Prime Minister of Fiji Frank Bainimarana (he is also the President of Bonn COP23).

“We need to do more on five action areas: adaptation, finance, emissions, partnerships, and leadership,” the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said.

The COP23 Bonn Conference on climate change (from November 6 to 17, 2017) is happening a year after the Paris Climate Accord 2015 went into actualization. The Paris Agreement, signed by 196 countries which are now parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), urges nations to fight climate change and restrict increase in average global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius.

The UN head Antonio Guterres also exhorted nations ‘to use 2020 revision of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to close 2030 emissions gap.’ António Guterres emphasized how important climate change mitigation is and urged for measures to strengthen resilience. Green Climate Fund could play an important role in this pursuit. The United Nations Secretary-General appealed to members and donor nations to rejuvenate finance mechanism. If huge infrastructure projects are not green and sustainable, then they should not get the green light. The UN chief pointed out that more ambition on emissions ‘is inextricably linked to funding,’ and the need of the hour was ‘to mobilize agreed $100 billion annually for developing countries.’

‘If we add economic benefits of avoiding devastation of climate change, gross domestic product or the GDP in 2050 will soar by 5 percent.’

Antonio Guterres emphasized on action across all sectors by all actors. ‘We must engage all actors, national, regional, and local governments, philanthropists, investors, and consumers, in transformation to low-emission economy.’

President of UN General Assembly Miroslav Lajčák also addressed the COP23 meeting. He said: ‘decisions we take today will affect not only us, but those who come after,’ adding: ‘If we hand over the planet with uncertain future, history won’t forgive us.’

There are a number of meetings, summits, and conferences on climate change scheduled in the near future, such as the ‘One Planet summit’ which will be organized by France in December this year, a meeting in California, and the COP24 (Katowice, Poland, December 2018). They will culminate in the UN Climate Summit in September 2019.

COP23 Bonn climate change talks to monitor progress of Paris Climate Accord

The talks, organized by the United Nations, are to bring countries to one platform. The COP23 climate talks is figuring out how to help signatory countries implement pledges regarding emissions cuts. Bonn climate change conference is trying to expedite Paris Climate Change resolutions.
The COP23 Bonn is to prevent temperatures from increasing by over 2 degree Celsius. The Paris climate pact is aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions and prevent environment issues like climate change and global warming. COP23 Bonn climate talks are urging nations to meet commitments on emissions.

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