UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on every country to declare a “climate emergency”. He stated this during the online summit on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, Reuters reports.
“Can anybody still deny that we are facing a dramatic emergency?” Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister who has made climate change his signature issue, said via video.
“That is why today, I call on all leaders worldwide to declare a State of Climate Emergency in their countries until carbon neutrality is reached.”
The summit was attended by leaders from over 70 countries, who discussed more ambitious plans to combat global warming. The United States was absent from the participants.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged more than $ 600 million to support global efforts to tackle climate change, saying "all states must be able to fund the necessary climate investments."
Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country will cut emissions by 65% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.
As we reported earlier, the law on energy and climate, which sets environmental and climatic emergency, came into force in France. The law expects measures on achieving of country's carbon neutrality until 2050.
Until 2030, France will have to reduce fossil fuel consumption by 40%. The last coal-fired power stations should be closed in the country in 2020.
The law also provides an active extension of biogas and a gradual program renewal of France's housing sector energy supply.