UN Chief Antonio Guterres said the world organization will be “actively engaged” with big carbon emitters such as the US, China, India, Russia and Japan to have them commit to carbon neutrality in 2050.
Guterres and Secretary General of the World Meteorological Organization Petteri Taalas launched the ‘WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate in 2019′.
In the report, the UN Secretary-General warned that the world is currently “way off track meeting either the 1.5 degrees celsius or 2 degrees targets that the Paris Agreement calls for”, referring to the commitment made by the international community in 2015, to keep global average temperatures well below 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels.
“Obviously, the G20 represents 80 percent of the emissions in the world. And if one looks at western Europe, North America, China, India, Russia and Japan, you have the bulk of emissions.
And it is with these countries that we’ll be very actively engaged during this year in order to have as many as possible, ideally all of them, committed to carbon neutrality in 2050,” Guterres said in response to a question during a press conference here on March 10.
“There are good news for the moment in relation to the European Union. Let’s hope that this example can be followed by all the others,” he said.
The report found that 2019 was the second warmest year on record, and 2010-19 was the warmest decade on record. Since the 1980s, each successive decade has been warmer than any preceding decade since 1850.
“In 2019, record-setting high temperatures in Australia, India, Japan and Europe adversely affected health and well-being,” the report said.