UN Secretary-General – UNGA Event 2020
H.E. António Guterres, UN Secretary-General
Climate Vulnerable Forum Leaders Event
October 7, 2020
@UN SecGen @antonioguterres: "COVID 19 crisis has shown that we are all vulnerable. The same is true of climate disruption. Both crises have inflicted huge human and economic costs. Both can only be addressed through ambitious multilateral action." #MidnightClimateSurvival [1/2] pic.twitter.com/cKJ3XFMimw— Climate Vulnerable Forum (@TheCVF) October 7, 2020
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The COVID 19 crisis has shown that we are all vulnerable.
The same is true of climate disruption.
Both crises have inflicted huge human and economic costs.
Both can only be addressed through ambitious multilateral action.
That is why I am urging governments to take six climate-positive actions to recover better together.
Invest in green jobs.
Do not bail out polluting industries, especially coal.
End fossil-fuel subsidies and place a price on carbon.
Take climate risks into account in all financial and policy decisions.
And, most important, leave no one behind.
All countries are threatened by climate change, but some are more vulnerable than others.
That is why we must limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees and transition to climate-resilient economies.
The United Nations is committed to ensuring ambitious climate action consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement.
I have been pushing, with the help of Jamaica, Canada and others, a sustainable COVID-19 recovery through the Finance for Development process that will address climate priorities.
Vulnerable nations need support.
Support for adaptation and resilience is as necessary as mitigation and should be funded equally by Multilateral Development Banks and the Green Climate Fund.
Climate-vulnerable countries are already leaders on climate ambition.
You have been among the first to submit more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions ahead of COP 26.
I applaud your moral leadership and concrete examples.
They are crucial to push the biggest emitters to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
You can count on the United Nations to support your ambition.
I would like to summarize a few key points that emerged from the discussion. Firstly, we do have options and we do have a role to play in terms of parliamentary action even during the remainder of this year. Martin pointed out that it’s only weeks to go, but as we see every day, even a week is a long time in politics, so let’s make use of the time that we have in hand.
Mr. Saber Chowdhury, Honorary President Inter-Parliamentary Union Chair, Bangladesh Parliamentary Standing Committee on MoEFCC Mr. Mohamed Nasheed, Speaker Maldives People’s Majlis CVF Thematic Ambassador for Ambition Ms. Loren Legarda, Deputy Speaker Philippines CVF Thematic Ambassador for Parliaments Ladies and gentlemen participating from countries, international organizations and personalities interested in climate issues,
Excellencies, Honorable participants, Ladies and Gentlemen. It is an honor for me to represent the Royal Government of Bhutan in the Global Parliamentarians Meeting, organized by the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) in collaboration with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA).