The world has a choice between “collective action and collective suicide” and must act immediately to address climate change, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday in a message to the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin, Germany.
“Greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise and ocean heat have broken new records. Half of humanity is in the danger zone from floods, droughts, extreme storms and wildfires. No nation is immune,” Guterres said in a video message.
“What troubles me most is that, in facing this global crisis, we are failing to work together as a multilateral community. Nations continue to play the blame game instead of taking responsibility for our collective future. We cannot continue this way,” the top UN official added. “Time is no longer on our side.”
The meeting in Germany convened representatives from 40 countries to discuss progress on implementing climate agreements, reduce the use of fossil fuels, and promote the switch to “sustainable energy sources” in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C, as agreed at last year’s COP26 climate summit in Scotland.
Those attending also engaged in preparations for the COP27 World Climate Conference, scheduled for November in the Egyptian resort of Sharm El-Sheikh.