UN Chief Urges Ambition and Action on Climate Change, Sustainable Development
United Nations (NY) – Ahead of the high-level week of the UN General Assembly and the New York Climate Action Summit, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on world leaders to show action and ambition to address current global challenges and find solutions that meet people’s concerns.
“There will be dozens of summits, meetings and side events. But I can distill the significance of all these discussions into two words: ambition and action. I see the high-level week as an excellent opportunity to showcase the United Nations as a centre for solutions and a driver for meaningful, positive change in people’s lives,” he said.
There are five key United Nations summits taking place next week to spur action on the climate crisis and other global concerns, which will showcase the UN as a “driver for meaningful, positive change”, according Guterres.
For the UN Secretary-General, there is no time to lose in the face of climate change, rising inequality, increasing hatred and intolerance; and what he described as an “alarming” number of peace and security challenges.
“The biggest challenge that leaders and institutions face is to show people we care – and to mobilize solutions that respond to people’s anxieties with answers. The upcoming high-level week is designed to do precisely that,” he told journalists in New York on Wednesday.
The high-level week kicks off on Monday with the Climate Action Summit. Guterres said several plans to dramatically reduce emissions over the next decade, and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, should be unveiled there.