Published: Fri, December 14, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

United Nations chief calls for compromise and sacrifice at climate talks

United Nations chief calls for compromise and sacrifice at climate talks

Making his second dramatic appeal in the space of 10 days, Antonio Guterres told ministers and senior diplomats from nearly 200 countries that they should consider the fate of future generations. "This means sacrifices, but it will benefit us all collectively". "We can not afford to lose one of the twelve years we have remaining".

COP24 is considered the most important meeting since the Paris deal set the goal of keeping global warming below two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing efforts for the tougher goal of 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Gore also called out the Trump administration for joining Saudi Arabia last week in blocking the endorsement of a scientific report on the options governments have to prevent catastrophic climate change. "Nobody - not even so-called superpowers - can negotiate with the laws of physics", said Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, a Belgian climatologist and a former vice-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Pannel on Climate Change (IPCC), which produced the report on 1.5C. "This is not surprising... but we are running out of time".

Jennifer Morgan, the head of environmental group Greenpeace, said the current drafts contain too many loopholes to be effective, including one proposal allowing countries to choose how to calculate the amount of emissions absorbed by trees when submitting their reports.

With just over a day left before the scheduled end of the meeting, a group of 48 countries called Thursday for greater unity among rich and poor countries.

"There's no scientific integrity in that", Morgan said.

A third objective of the talks is getting governments to make a firm commit to raising ambitions in the coming two years, albeit without any precise figures.

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The report is released in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty, adding that decrease in the Carbon dioxide emissions from industry between 75% to 90% is needed in 2050 compared to 2010 levels to limit warming to 1.5°C.

At the 195-nation negotiations, the International Olympic Committee and UN launched an initiative aimed to line up verifiable commitments from sports federations and clubs to cut carbon pollution in line with the Paris Agreement. "Now we have to secure this achievement", said Svenja Schulze, Germany's environment minister.

"It would not only be immoral, it would be suicidal", he added.

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Noting that the deadline to finalise the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP) was a target the nations imposed upon themselves at the COP22 in Moroccan city Marrakech in 2016, Guterres said both the Convention and the Paris Agreement recognise that all countries have different realities, capacities and circumstances.

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