UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called 2021 a “decisive” year for humanity’s future, saying it should be the year for climate action.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in Monday about the “World’s Climate Conditions” in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) annual report.
“This report shows that we have no time to waste. This is an extremely worrying report. It should be read by all the world’s leaders and decision makers”, Mr. Guterres declared during a press conference. Head of WMO, Petri Talas.
He said that countries “must now act to protect the population against the devastating effects of climate change”.
According to the annual report, last year was one of the three hottest on record and despite the recession-linked economic downturn, greenhouse gas concentrations have increased.
For the United Nations, 2021 is therefore a “significant” year to curb the “catastrophic” effects of climate change. The organization is relying on a series of major summits, starting this week, to offer leaders around the world the opportunity to take action.
Note that the report is published on Thursday and Friday ahead of the climate summit hosted by US President Joe Biden.
They believe that the current level of ambition in terms of climate is actually quite low, which would be necessary.
Washington in particular will have to disclose its new goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
The 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change plans to cap global warming two degrees below pre-industrial levels, while countries will continue efforts to limit the increase to 1.5C.
However, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) estimates that there is at least one chance that global average temperatures will temporarily surpass the 1.5 ° C mark by 2024.
In 2020, concentrations of the main greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide – continued to rise despite temporary reductions in emissions associated with the Kovid-19 epidemic, which slowed economies.