Remarks by H.E. Mr. António Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General, at the Youth Climate Summit.

UN chief António Guterres, who was participating in the Summit as ‘keynote listener’, said one of the problems with world leaders is that they talk too much and listen too little. He said he was very enthusiastic about the global youth movement for climate action, adding that young people have started a dynamic impulse around the world, moving with them their families and communities, which has started to have an impact on business and government policies.

Guterres said the world was still losing the race against climate change but noted that the momentum was shifting largely due to the efforts of the youth movement, starting with Greta Thunberg’s initiative.

SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“My generation has largely failed until now to preserve both justice in the world and to preserve the planet. I have granddaughters. I want my granddaughters to live in a liveable planet. My generation as a huge responsibility. It is your generation that must make us be accountable to make sure that we don’t betray the future of humankind.”

Guterres encouraged the youth movement to continue mobilizing to hold his generation accountable.