UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on Monday in Madrid for all countries on the planet to "overcome" their divisions and come to an "understanding" to fight climate change.
"I urge all parties to go beyond their current divisions and find a common understanding on" the issue of combating climate change, António Guterres said at the opening session of the Climate Change Summit, known as COP25, which will run until December 13 in the Spanish capital.
The Secretary-General of the United Nations appealed to representatives of 170 countries present, including 50 heads of state and government present, such as the Portuguese, Antonio Costa, "to" increase "their" ambition and urgency "in the struggle. against the problem.
The former Portuguese prime minister recalled that the globe is at a "crucial crossroads" and that "millions around the world, including many young people", are asking world leaders to "do more".
"It is imperative that governments substantially increase their ambition," António Guterres repeated during his speech, concluding that if not enough effort is made, "the impact on all life on the planet will be catastrophic."
At the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, delegations from 196 countries are expected, as well as the highest representatives of the European Union and various international institutions, which presupposes "all countries of the world ", according to the Spanish Government, which organizes the meeting.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez chaired Guterres alongside the opening session of the summit, which has the motto "It's time to act."
The climate summit was initially scheduled to take place in Chile, but in late October the Chilean government decided to cancel the event on the grounds that there were no conditions due to a movement of internal contestation and civil unrest.
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