UN chief and Indian PM jointly launch climate action program
New Delhi: India and UN Secretary General António Guterres jointly launched a Climate Action for All initiative in New Delhi on Wednesday.Addressing a gathering of civil society representatives at the Raj Bhavan in New Delhi, Guterres said India’s government is ready to act on climate change.
“Now is the right time for governments to take action on climate change. It has to be done now. We have to make this urgent priority to make our world secure,” Guterres said.
The climate change was identified as the single greatest threat to global security in the world’s new National Security Strategy.
He said that climate change is a global challenge that is affecting everyone on the planet.
“The future will be more difficult than the present. More people are being affected by climate change. Every year, hundreds of millions of people are forced to migrate. We know that climate change is one of the greatest threats to peace, security and human development,” he said.
Guterres said, “Our approach to climate change is very straightforward. First and foremost, it is the responsibility of all governments to protect their people and to maintain their security, but also to take action in order to slow down and to minimise the risks of the climate change, to ensure that our natural resources are used sustainably and to avoid the worst impacts of climate change that people and nations can foresee.”
He also said, “The most urgent challenge now is the urgent need to respond to the threat of climate change and to take responsibility for it, both in the national and international level, as it will impact everyone on the planet.”
He further said, “People are already beginning to see the effects of climate change and their communities are already feeling the impact. This is why it is even more urgent that all governments take action to prevent and to minimise the impacts of climate change.”
To this end, the UN Secretary General and his team of experts are developing a