Today in Geneva, the heads of the main agencies of the UN system agreed on measures to combat climate change. They said they would support countries' efforts to mitigate the negative effects of global warming and called for more decisive actions.
“We, the heads of the UN agencies, call on the Organization’s member states to“ raise the bar ”and take concrete measures to keep the global temperature rise within 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to the pre-industrial level and to adapt to the effects of climate change, without forgetting their obligations to respect human rights, ”says a joint statement of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination members.
They reminded the world leaders that, in accordance with the Paris Agreement on Climate, by 2030 greenhouse gas emissions need to be reduced by 45 percent, and that adaptation measures presuppose, first and foremost, the protection of population groups living in areas degrees are subjected to the negative effects of global warming.
The leaders of the UN system stressed that developed countries should make efforts to mobilize financial resources - about 100 billion dollars a year - to support measures to combat climate change in developing countries.
They noted the crucial role of innovation in reducing emissions, the transition to a green economy and new development models.
“Innovations are not only technologies, they are also forward-looking plans, new business models and financial instruments, innovative methods of cooperation, including regional ones,” said the UN leaders.
They also promised that measures to reduce the negative impact on the environment will be integrated into the UN system itself. Many agencies of the Organization have already taken the first steps towards reducing emissions, efficient waste management, energy saving and switching to renewable energy sources. Since June of this year, the UN headquarters in New York will completely abandon disposable plastic tableware.
Let us remind that in September in New York there will be a Summit on climate. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called on leaders of all countries of the world to come to him not with formal speeches, but with specific proposals.