Global Community Must Not Give Up Tackling Climate Crisis, Secretary-General Says, Expressing Disappointment with Results of Twenty-Fifth Conference

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15 December 2019

Global Community Must Not Give Up Tackling Climate Crisis, Secretary-General Says, Expressing Disappointment with Results of Twenty-Fifth Conference

The following statement by UN Secretary‑General António Guterres was issued today:

I am disappointed with the results of [the twenty‑fifth Conference of the Parties (COP25) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)].

The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis.

We must not give up and I will not give up.  I am more determined than ever to work for 2020 to be the year in which all countries commit to do what science tells us is necessary to reach carbon neutrality in 2050 and a no more than 1.5°C temperature rise.

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