UN chief calls for a climate solidarity pact between developed and emerging economies

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a climate solidarity pact in which developed and emerging economies unite around a common strategy and mobilise resources to address the climate crisis.

Important facts

  • At the opening of the COP27 United Nations Climate Summit of the Parties in Egypt on 7 November, he said the proposed treaty would give all countries additional efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

  • He said the international financial system must be reformed to support low-income countries.

  • At the inaugural session of world leaders at COP27, he said all countries should make "extra effort" to cut emissions and end the construction of coal plants.

  • He said the two largest economies — the United States and China — have a particular responsibility to join efforts to make this pact a reality.

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping did not attend COP27, although China has sent a delegation of negotiators.

  • Guterres also launched a plan for a global early warning system for extreme weather events, a project that would cost $3.1 billion over the first five years.

  • It will also deliver advance warnings about any extreme weather on the planet such as storms and heat waves.

  • COP27 is the 27th annual meeting of the United Nations on Climate. It is taking place in Sharm El Sheikh until 18 November.

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