United Nations to hold Climate Summit in Sept 2019

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"Climate change is the defining issue of our time - and we are at a defining moment".

By pitching threats to the food chain and access to water, Guterres said the world was "facing a direct existential threat" and the "greatest challenge" of the day. WMO as a member of the Core Group of Climate Principals will strive to support the UN Secretary-General in implementing his vision. Last month Kerala a state in India endured its adverse monsoon flooding in recent history terminating 400 people and rendering evacuation of one million more from their homes.

As examples, Guterres pointed to Kerala, India's worst monsoon flooding in recent history, nearly 3,000 deaths from Hurricane Mariain Puerto Rico a year ago, disappearing Arctic sea ice, and some wildfires so big that they send ash around the world. He said that no one should be in doubt regarding the exigency of the crisis.

"Scientists have been telling us for decades". 2018 is already on track to be the fourth hottest year on record.

When world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015, they pledged to stop temperatures rising by more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and as close to 1.5 degrees, as possible. "Wealthy countries led by the U.S. and others such as Australia, Japan and the European Union refused to say how much funding they are going to provide and how that money will be accounted", he told indiaclimatedialogue.net.

"This underlines the urgent need for continuing work in the coming weeks", she added.

"Put simply, we need to put the brake on deadly greenhouse gas emissions and drive climate action", he added, calling for a shift away from the dependency on fossil fuels towards cleaner energy and away from deforestation to more efficient use of resources.

The UN chief said that such a shift in thinking is where "enormous benefits await humankind". Guterres said technology is on the side of those seeking to tackle climate change. "This is hogwash. In fact, the opposite is true".

"Climate action and socio-economic progress are mutually supportive, with gains of 26 trillion dollars predicted by 2030 compared with business as usual, if we pursue the right path", he said, citing the findings of the recent Climate Economy report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate Change.

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That is why, today, I am appealing for leadership - from politicians, from businesses and scientists, and from the public everywhere.

Looking ahead, the United Nations chief emphasized that he would be reiterating this message at the General Assembly's high level segment later in the month as well as at other key events, including the G7 and G20 meetings of world leaders; and the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) meetings.

"The time has come for our leaders to show they care about the people whose fate they hold in their hands", Mr. Guterres said, without taking questions from reporters.

By subsidising fossil fuels, humanity was as soon as "investing in its have doom", United Nations chief Antonio Guterres said Tuesday at a Paris summit searching for to liberate funds for the worldwide shift in direction of greener energy.

In his speech - scheduled for 3 PM, Eastern Standard Time [watch live here] - Secretary-General Guterres will also outline his vision for a new Climate Summit in 2019, which he will be convening to rally the global community, to step up action in key areas inclusive sustainable energy production, economic growth, green investment and better stewardship of natural resources.

Every world leader should come to the 2019 climate summit "ready to step up their ambition" as her Pacific island nation would do at the event, she said in a statement.

He wants heads of government to come to NY for a special climate conference next year.

"It is imperative that civil society - young people, women's groups, the private sector, religious communities, scientists and environmental movements around the world - hold leaders accountable", the United Nations secretary-general said.

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