Melland/Edinburgh. US climate envoy John Kerry has called on the world’s countries to jointly tackle the challenges ahead at the United Nations climate summit in late October.
At a preparatory meeting for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that begins on 31 October, he said in Milan on Saturday that “huge progress” is possible. To achieve this, everyone, and not just some, would have to join a “collective multilateralism”.
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Kerry: “Everyone’s in the same boat”
“My friends, Glasgow is about to come,” said the former US Secretary of State. “This is the beginning of the race of centuries and the race of this decade. All nations must race together and unite to understand that we are all in the same boat.” It is “a test of collective multilateralism at the highest level that I have experienced in my public career”.
Kerry said countries representing 55 percent of the world’s GDP – the UK, EU-27, Canada, Japan and the US – planned to meet the 1.5-degree target of global warming by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases Is. Obtain.
At the same time, he pointed out that the 89 national resolutions for the climate summit would reduce CO₂ emissions by only 12 percent and that the sum of all 191 proposals currently in place would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 16 percent by 2030.
CO₂ emissions to be reduced by 45 percent within ten years
“The bottom line is that, as we stand here today, we believe that we can make tremendous progress in Glasgow, that we move quickly toward new goals that science tells us we need to achieve. Kerry explained. This means that CO₂ emissions will have to be reduced by 45 percent over the next ten years.
The EU’s climate commissioner, Frans Timmermann, said it was important that the $100 billion pledge to support particularly vulnerable countries is met by 2025. The youth activists had called him to their own meeting in Milan. Climate protection financing, which runs into the trillions of euros in total, is not the only problem. “We have to change quickly and fundamentally. It will be very hard. This is bad news.”
Queen calls on politicians to act
British Queen Elizabeth II (95) has called on politicians in Great Britain and the world to work in the fight against global warming.
“The Scottish Parliament, like all parliaments, plays a vital role in building a better, healthier future and in negotiating with those in need – especially our young people,” said the UK head of state at the grand opening of a new country. The Scottish Parliament session in Edinburgh on Saturday.
Great Britain is hosting the UN Climate Conference COP26 in Glasgow from 1 to 12 November, with the Queen expected to attend. “The eyes of the world will be on the UK and especially Scotland – when leaders come together to address the challenges of climate change,” the Queen continued.
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