“Humanity faces a choice: cooperate or perish.” Guterres sounds the alarm in “COP27”.

“Humanity faces a choice: cooperate or perish.” Guterres sounds the alarm in “COP27”.
“Humanity faces a choice: cooperate or perish.” Guterres sounds the alarm in “COP27”.

“Humanity faces a choice: cooperate or perish.” Guterres sounds the alarm in “COP27”.

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“Humanity faces a choice between cooperation or destruction,” said United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday at the “COP27” summit organized in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, which warned the world of the danger faced the escalating global warming crisis on the brink of “mass suicide” where figures suggest that with today’s policies, warming is projected to reach 2.8 degrees Celsius, which the United Nations says is catastrophic. For his part, French President Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to “put pressure” on “rich non-European countries”, particularly the United States and China, to pay their “share” to help poor countries deal with climate change.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke out on Monday Climate Summit COP27 The organization in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, warns that the world is on the brink of “mass suicide” and that the only option right now is collective action to avoid the catastrophe.

Guterres said in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt: “Humanity faces a choice of cooperation or perdition. It’s either an era of climate solidarity or an era of collective suicide.”

“We’ll take the Autobahn to climate hell and keep pushing the gas pedal,” he emphasized. Guterres has been raising his voice more and more lately.

Due to the urgency of the climate, maximum pressure should be exerted on countries to fight against warming despite the interconnected “multiple crises” that have attracted the world’s attention with the war in Ukraine, the energy and food crisis, hyperinflation, etc. pulls in, amplify the looming recession.

“Self-destruction”

Stressing that other crises are transitory, Guterres emphasized that the climate is “a crucial issue of our time” and that it is “unacceptable” that the fight for the climate is “relegated to second place” in the list of priorities, stressing that this to “self-destruction”.

In the same context, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the host of the conference, said that “day by day, climate catastrophes are accelerating and increasing in intensity at an unprecedented rate. No sooner does one disaster end in one place than another begins in another place, leaving thousands of victims, displaced and injured in its wake.”

“What our peoples expect from us today is quick, effective and fair implementation,” he stressed. Yet countries are still accused of not doing what they need to do to fight global warming.

“Humanity faces a choice: cooperate or perish.” Guterres sounds the alarm in “COP27”.

Greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced by 45% by 2030 to have any chance of meeting the most ambitious goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement, namely to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

But signatories’ current pledges, even if ultimately met, would result in a 5-10% increase in emissions, putting the world at best on a 2.4°C increase by the end of the century.

However, with current policies, warming is expected to reach 2.8 degrees Celsius, which the United Nations says is catastrophic.

One of the main negative impacts on tackling climate change is renewed tensions between the world’s two biggest polluters, China and the United States, but Chinese President Xi Jinping is absent from COP27 while his American counterpart Joe Biden is busy with Tuesday’s midterm elections, Sharm El-Sheikh will pass quickly on November 11th/November. However, the two leaders are expected to meet in Bali next week during the G20 summit. Guterres urged both sides to “take their own responsibility”.

‘Exert pressure’

In this regard, French President Emmanuel Macron said Monday on the sidelines of the conference in Sharm el-Sheikh that he wanted to “put pressure” on “rich non-European countries,” particularly the US and China, to pay their “share” in support poor countries in combating climate change.

“We need to get the United States and China to be really punctual,” in terms of greenhouse gas emissions reductions and financial solidarity, Macron said at a meeting with young people from Africa and France.

For the first time, the issue of financial damage was formally placed on the agenda of the Conference of the Parties.

These damages are now estimated in the tens of billions and are expected to continue to rise significantly. The recent floods alone, which inundated a third of Pakistan, are estimated to have caused more than $30 billion in damage.

Faced with this impact, weak countries are calling for a dedicated financing mechanism, but rich countries have reservations, fearing they will officially take responsibility, saying the climate finance system is too complicated in its current state.

In this regard, the President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said at the conference on Monday: “We are pleased to openly invite everyone to work together in finding solutions that will help address losses and damages and make them sustainable.” To create growth opportunities for humanity everywhere. “

However, COP27 will not result in a decision on this matter as negotiations are set to last until 2024, angering some activists who are calling for a decision during the current conference.

“Humanity faces a choice: cooperate or perish.” Guterres sounds the alarm in “COP27”.

Confidence on these issues between the North and the South is almost non-existent after rich countries failed to meet their commitments to give the world’s poorest countries $100 billion a year to help them cut emissions and adapt adapt to the effects of climate change.

Brazilian President-elect Lula, whose victory has revived hope for defenders of the Amazon, one of the world’s ‘lungs’, will be able to visit Sharm el-Sheikh before the conference closes on November 18.

Also arriving is Britain’s new Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, who will defend the energy transition and performance of his country, which hosted the previous COP which emphasized the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Sunak confirmed that in Egypt he will raise the issue of Egyptian detainee Alaa Abdel Fattah, who has British citizenship, who has been on hunger strike for seven months and who his family said stopped drinking water on Sunday.

Human Rights Watch said Egyptian authorities have arrested dozens of people who called for demonstrations, while the right to demonstrate is subject to several restrictions.

FRANCE 24/AFP


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