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'We are in deep trouble with climate change' - UN Sec-Gen at COP 24

ANI  |  Katowice [Poland] 

The of the (UN) Antonio opened the annual UN Conference (COP 24) here and pushed all parties to finalise the Agreement Work Programme.

"We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with is running faster than we are and we must catch up sooner rather than later before it is too late. For many, people, regions even countries this is already a matter of life and death," he said during in his opening remarks.

"It is hard to overstate the urgency of our situation," he added.

He further called for reduction in greenhouse emissions and remarked that if we fail, "the Arctic and will continue to melt, corals will bleach and die, the oceans will rise, more people will die from air pollution, water scarcity will plague a significant proportion of humanity, and the cost of disasters will skyrocket."

He underlined that the Agreement Work Programme needs to be finalised in

"It is our job here in is to finalize the Agreement Work Programme -- the rule book for implementation. I remind all Parties that this is a deadline you set for yourselves and it is vital you meet it," said.

"We cannot afford to fail in Katowice," he remarked.

He further mentioned, "We need a unifying implementation vision that sets out clear rules, inspires action and promotes raised ambition, based on the principle of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities, in light of different national circumstances."

COP24 is the informal name given to the 24th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Sir also spoke at the event and rallied for a change to curb worsening climatic conditions.

leaders have collected in for the UN conference to discuss ways to tackle climate change, with major outcomes expected from the two-week meet.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 19:00 IST
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