Al-Ahmadi highlights Saudi women empowerment at the Third Eurasian Women's Forum    32 killed, 68 hurt as suicide attack rocks mosque in Afghanistan's Kandahar    Tunisian security dismantles terrorist cell    Ministry of Culture inaugurates BIENALSUR Contemporary Art Exhibition in JAX, Diriyah    US to lift travel curbs for vaccinated foreigners on Nov. 8    Senegal President Macky Sali performs Umrah    Saudi Arabia to ease coronavirus-related restrictions on Sunday Grand Mosque to operate at full capacity    Saudi Arabia plays constructive role during G20 discussions Al-Jadaan, Al-Mubarak participate in FMCBG meeting in Washington    Cameroon's shrimp entrepreneur is a FAO Food Hero    UN calls for end to violence in Lebanon after deadly Beirut clashes    Saudi Arabia expands digital infrastructure plan, hyperscale data center enablement initiative    Bold's belief on Brand development    IMC recognized as 'Most Wired' hospital    Step up, urges WHO as figures reveal 1 in 4 adults don't exercise enough    BIENALSUR returns to Saudi Arabia with interactive exhibition    Tributes pour in for killed Kenyan athlete    UN honors Henrietta Lacks, whose cells transformed medical research worldwide    Princess Reema named member of IOC Coordination Commission for Brisbane 2032    Sami's brace seals Saudi Arabia on 4th winning streak in World Cup qualifier Green Tops Group B    Mahd Academy reveals strategy, future plans and Sports Innovation Center    Saudis, expats mourn death of prominent Filipino preacher in Riyadh    Bollywood actor Sidharth Shukla dies at 40    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Directs KSrelief to Urgently Provide Malaysia with Medical, Preventive Equipment and Supplies to Address COVID-19 Pandemic    Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Congratulates President of Maldives on Independence Day    Weather Forecast for Sunday    RSNF Commander Patronizes Ceremonial Launching of His Majesty's Ship "Jazan"    OIC Condemns Houthi Attempts to Target Civilians in Saudi Arabia    Philippines evacuates thousands as monsoon rains flood cities, provinces    Heavy rain in India triggers floods, landslides; at least 125 dead    U.S. Records 64,321 New Infections of Coronavirus    Without Fans, Tokyo Olympics Kicked Off    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers at Arafat Holy Site    Dr. Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia's Pick to Chair IsDB Group for the next five years, unanimously approved by BoG Committee of Procedures    Saudi Press: Fitch affirms Saudi Credit Rating at "A" with a revised outlook to stable from negative    Handled Cargo at Saudi Ports Increases during June 2021    SDAIA, DARP & STC Launch Pilgrim's Smart Bracelet (NUSK)    Tabuk sculptor spends 8 years in carving entire Holy Qur'an on 30 marble slabs    2 Goals by Diaz Gives Colombia 3rd Place at Copa America    Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, 98, passes away, and with him an era    Saudi Cinema Night at Arab World Institute in Paris Kicks Off    KSU Leads Joint International Scientific Project for Early Detection of Breast Cancer    Saudi Arabia to Participate in Cannes Film Festival 2021    Arab Cup U-17 Championship Draw Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Palestine, Kuwait, in the 1st Group    AWI Hosts Saudi Cinema Nights in Paris    Brazil Beats Chile at Copa America Despite 2nd-Half Red Card    Council of Senior Scholars: Muslim Brothers' Group Don't Represent Method of Islam, rather only Follows its Partisan Objectives, Violating our Graceful Religion    Eid Al-Adha Prayer Performed at the Grand Holy Mosque    Pilgrims Perform Dhuhr and Asr Prayers in Arafat Holy Site    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Call for 'decisive action now' to avoid climate catastrophe
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 20 - 09 - 2021

Speaking alongside the UK Prime Minister in New York on Monday the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, has called on world leaders for "decisive action now to avert climate catastrophe."
Guterres joined an emergency summit convened and attended by United Kingdom Premier Boris Johnson, to press for more action on climate finance and other measures ahead of the watershed UN COP26 climate conference, which begins next month in Scotland.
The Informal Climate Leaders Roundtable on Climate Action took place behind closed doors at UN Headquarters, as the high-level week of the General Assembly gets under way.
World leaders addressed the gaps that remain on the actions needed from national governments, especially the G20 industrialized powers, on mitigation, finance and adaptation.
"Saving this and future generations is a common responsibility," the UN chief told journalists in a press stakeout following the event.
For him, the roundtable was "a wake-up call to instill a sense of urgency on the dire state of the climate process ahead of COP26", the UN Climate Conference happening in Glasgow at the end of October.
A dire warning
Last Friday, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change issued a report on the Nationally Determined Contributions of all Parties to the Paris Agreement saying the world is on a catastrophic pathway to 2.7-degrees of heating.
According to the report, to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, a 45 percent cut in emissions is needed by 2030 and carbon neutrality by mid-century.
Instead, commitments by countries to date, imply an increase of 16 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 compared to 2010 levels.
With COP26 just weeks away, the UN chief called on member states to deliver on three fronts.
First, keep the 1.5-degree goal within reach. Second, deliver on the promised $100 billion a year for climate action in developing countries and, third, scale up funding for adaptation to at least 50 percent of total public climate finance expenditure.
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the 1.5-degree goal is still in reach, but a dramatic improvement is needed in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) from most countries.
For Guterres, leadership must come from the G20 countries, because they represent 80 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions.
Coal challenge
He then pointed to one specific energy challenge; the continued use of carbon-emitting coal.
If all planned coal power plants become operational, the world will be well above 2 degrees. Instead, OECD nations need to end coal use by 2030 and developing nations need to follow suit by 2040, he said.
On finance, developed nations need to implement their promise to mobilize $100 billion a year for climate action in the developing world from 2021 to 2025. They did not in 2019 and 2020, and, according to OECD calculations, there is a shortfall this year of around $20 billion.
Finally, on adaptation, finance for this area currently represents only 21 percent of total climate funding. That is $16.7 billion a year. Yet adaptation costs in the developing world are $70 billion a year, and they are projected to rise to as much as $300 billion, by 2030.
"This is why I have been asking all donors and financiers to commit to allocating 50 percent of climate finance to adaptation," Guterres said.
'History will judge'
UK's Prime Minister warned that "history will judge" the world's richest nations if they fail to deliver on their pledge to commit $100 billion in annual climate aid ahead of COP26. He placed the chances of securing the money before November at "six out of 10".
"We cannot let climate action become another victim of coronavirus. Let us be the leaders who secure the very health of the planet for our children, grandchildren and generations to come," Johnson said at the event.
The UK's prime minister also assured his country "will lead by example, keeping the environment on the global agenda and serving as a launch pad for a global green industrial revolution." But warned: "No one country can turn the tide, it would be akin to bailing out a liner with a single bucket." — UN News

Clic here to read the story from its source.