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🎬 Watch LIVE release of the WMO State of the Global Climate Report 2019 with United Nations Chief António Guterres and World Meteorological Organization Secretary General Petteri Taalas.

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UN chief António Guterres said, “we need all countries to demonstrate that we can achieve emissions reductions of 45 per cent from 2010 levels this decade, and that we will reach net-zero emissions by mid-century,” adding that “we know this is the only way to limit global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

In his remarks today (10 Mar) to reporters on the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) State of the Climate 2019 Report, Guterres reiterated that there is no time to lose if we are to avert climate catastrophe.

He noted that 2020 is a pivotal year for how to address the climate emergency, adding that the world has to aim high at the next climate conference in Glasgow in November.

The UN chief listed four main priorities for COP26.

First, he said, “national climate plans – the Nationally Determined Contributions – must show more ambition.”

Guterres continued, “even if countries fully implement their existing plans under the Paris Agreement, and many are not doing so, we will still be on course to reach 3 degrees of heating this century. Revised NDCs, Nationally Determined Contributions, must set clear targets for 2025 and 2030 that will help us stick to the 1.5-degree limit.”

He noted that the second priority is for all nations to adopt strategies to reach net zero emissions by 205 and the third priority goes to a robust package of programmes, projects and initiatives that will help communities and nations adapt to climate disruption and build resilience.

On the fourth priority finance, the UN chief said, “by COP26, developed countries must deliver on their commitment to mobilize 100 billion dollars a year by 2020, adding that “investments in renewables and green technologies must increase.”

He continued, “we need to end the vast and wasteful subsidies for fossil fuels, which actually increased last year. And we need to put a price on carbon and see a commitment to end the construction of new coal power plants. It’s time to end our addiction to coal.”

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) State of the Climate 2019 Report provided authoritative information on climate indicators and extreme weather, as well as impacts on socio-economic development, human health, migration and displacement, food security and land and marine ecosystems. It is based on contributions from national meteorological and hydrological services, leading international experts, scientific institutions and United Nations agencies.

It is the twenty-sixth WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate. The annual report was first issued in 1993. The 2019 edition marks sustained international efforts dedicated to measuring, analyzing and understanding the year to year variations and long-term trends of our changing climate.

The report informs Member States, the United Nations system and decision-makers about the status of the climate system. It complements the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reporting cycle in producing updated information for the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other climate policy frameworks. It elaborates on information contained in a Provisional Statement issued at the UN Climate Change Conference in Madrid on 3 December 2019.