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Ahead of climate meet, UN chief demands ‘positive’ news

AFP, United Nations

Next week dozens of countries will gather in New York for an emergency UN summit to help curb the grim prospect of rising greenhouse gas emissions, however the focus must be on good climate news, the body’s secretary-general said Friday.

“If you have positive things to announce, you will be given the floor,” Antonio Guterres told some 15 journalists gathered for lunch at the UN headquarters ahead of its Climate Action Summit on Monday.

The goal of the daylong talks, which occur the day before world leaders gather at the UN General Assembly, is to elicit a commitment from more countries to increase their plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, first made under the 2015 Paris climate accord.

“We asked countries: Are you ready or not to announce a positive development? If you are ready, send us a one-pager,” he said.

The hope, he added, was that a “very meaningful number of countries” announce their commitment to a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

 

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