Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary General has said that “Climate change is undeniable. Climate action is unstoppable,
In his first major statement on climate since taking office as UN chief five months ago, Mr Guterres said it is “absolutely essential” that the world unite to combat the threat from climate change.
Speaking to an audience at New York University, Mr Guterres said if any country doubted the need for the 2015 Paris climate accord, then other countries must “stay the course”.
He called “US society as a whole – the cities, the states, the companies, the businesses – to remain engaged” towards climate change, even if “the government decides to leave the Paris agreement.”
His statements come after US President Donald Trump refused to join other leaders of the G7 group of rich nations in reaffirming support for the accord. He is due to decide the US stance soon.
New York and California have already pledged to combat climate change without the Trump administration’s support.
The other six world leaders in attendance at last weekend’s G7 summit in Sicily reaffirmed their commitment to The Paris Accord, the world’s first comprehensive climate agreement, with the aim of keeping the global average rise in temperatures below 2C.
The UN chief said he intended to convene a summit in 2019 to review progress on implementing the Paris accord.”The world is in a mess. It is absolutely essential that the world implements the Paris agreement,” he added.