South Korean President Moon Jae-in opened the climate summit on Sunday, May 30. The two-day event is held online with the participation of heads of state and government, as well as heads of international organizations. The key topic is the cooperation of private companies and the public sector in order to implement the objectives of the Paris Climate Agreement, according to DW.
South Korea wants to act on climate protection as a bridge between developing and developed countries, its leader said. In turn, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on countries to end their dependence on fossil energy sources. She noted that climate change posed the same threat to human life and the economy as the Covid-19 pandemic.
In turn, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted the need to develop new goals in the field of climate protection. He noted the differences between the tasks and the commitments of countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As it was reported earlier, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres claimed that the humankind is now "at the edge of the abyss" because of the record growth of temperature of the Earth. Guterres reiterated that the concentration of carbon dioxide concentrations once again reached the new high - "148 percent higher above pre-industrial levels". "This is the highest level for 3 million years. Three million years ago, the Earth’s temperature was as much as 3 degrees hotter and sea levels some 15 metres higher", he said.