By Knowladgey Team
November 27, 2023
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, alongside Chilean President Gabriel Boric, delivers a grave message from Antarctica, emphasizing the urgent need for immediate action to combat the rapid melting of the continent, with far-reaching consequences for the global climate.
Guterres highlights the interconnectedness of the world's climate, explaining how Antarctica's changes extend beyond its icy borders. The melting impacts sea levels, alters ocean salinity, and disrupts vital habitats, emphasizing the global significance of the region.
Despite annual commitments falling short, Guterres sees COP28 as an opportunity for nations to collectively decide on the phased reduction of fossil fuels. The objective is to prevent the planet from surpassing the critical 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures.
Guterres acknowledges challenges in incorporating specific language for fossil fuel phase-out into COP agreements, often facing opposition from participants tied to the fossil fuel industry. Overcoming this influence is crucial for effective climate action.
Guterres urges nations at COP28 to commit to more renewable energy projects and enhance the efficiency of existing electrical grids and technologies. Sultan al-Jaber is entrusted with the responsibility of encouraging the fossil fuel industry to invest in cleaner energy.
As Pope Francis becomes the first pontiff to attend the U.N. climate conference, Guterres expresses hope that the pope's presence will convey the moral imperative to prioritize climate action, steering leaders away from the current perilous trajectory.