A major UN push for progress on climate change will kick off next week when UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, will travel to New Zealand and several Pacific islands, where rising sea levels are threatening the very existence of those small countries.
Guterres reported that the climate change is still running faster than we are and if we don’t reverse this trend, it will be a tragedy for the whole world.
He has told leaders to propose plans, not speeches to the summit which are always held in New York on September 23, during the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.
The stepped-up diplomacy will culminate with a climate action summit at the United Nations on September, an event described as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change.
Meanwhile, the UN push on climate change is shaping up amid geopolitical shifts in addition the United States under Donald Trump, has decided to pull out of the Paris agreement to combat global warming giving China more space to assert its views.
Guterres mission may also be further complicated by Trump’s nomination of Kelly Knight Craft as UN ambassador.
Noteworthy, the summit is seen as critical because of US resistance to discuss climate change at other forums including the G7 and G20, and again last week at a meeting of the Arctic Council in Finland.