UN SECRETARY-General Antonio Guterres warned of the threat of an impending climate catastrophe, while environmental activist Greta Thunberg denounced the agreement of the COP26 climate conference on Saturday (13/11).
And even those who hailed the deal in Glasgow said there was still a lot of work to be done.
In a statement following the deal reached at the Glasgow conference on Saturday night, Guterres acknowledged the shortcomings of the deal.
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“The outcome of # COP26 is a compromise, reflecting the interests, contradictions and political will of the world today,” he tweeted. “It is an important step, but it is not enough.”
“Our fragile planet is hanging by a thread,” he warned. “We are still facing a climate catastrophe.”
In a follow-up tweet, the UN Secretary-General sent a message to young people, indigenous communities, women leaders and all who lead #ClimateAction.
“I know you can be disappointed. But we are in the fight of our lives, this fight must be won,” he said.
Thunberg was more frank in his judgment.
“# COP26 is over,” he tweeted. “Here’s a quick summary: Blah, blah, blah.”
“But the real work continues beyond this hall. And we will never, ever give up,” he added.
During the conference, Thunberg and other activists criticized the way this has unfolded, arguing that world leaders have failed to match their words with concrete actions.
Despite this, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains optimistic.
“There is still a lot to do in the years to come,” Johnson said. “But today’s deal is a big step forward and, most importantly, we have the first international agreement to phase out coal and a roadmap to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.”
A statement from the European Commission said the deal kept the goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement alive and provided an opportunity to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said conference delegates were making progress on commitments to reduce harmful emissions and raise $ 100 billion a year to help developing and vulnerable countries.
“But there will be no time to relax: there is still a lot of work to do,” he added.
In final negotiations, China and India insisted that language on fossil fuels should be softened in the text of the summit’s final decision.
In recent days, the Australian government has made a commitment to sell coal for decades to come. (AFP / OL-1)