Moment for Nature - UN Chief message | United Nations | Climate Action
20 July 2022
In a video message, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, highlighted a few milestones that lie ahead in 2022.
Guterres noted the COP 27 Climate Conference, happening in Egypt at the end of the year, saying the world needs commitments that will deliver a reduction of emissions by 45 percent by 2030. Current national commitments point to an increase of almost 14 percent this decade.
“That spells catastrophe”, the UN chief said.
For the COP 15 Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, in December, Guterres asked for “a bold, global agreement that tackles the key drivers of biodiversity loss.”
According to him, the international community also needs to close the biodiversity finance gap of approximately $700 billion dollars a year by 2030 and “eliminate the annual $500 billion dollars of harmful subsidies and redirect them towards incentivizing biodiversity-positive activities.”
The Secretary-General also said that the world needs to “match commitments with credible and verifiable actions and the finance for implementation.”
“Together, we can and must steer humanity to the path of living in harmony with the planet. Let us seize this moment for nature to do that”, Guterres concluded.