UN Chief says G20 is ‘ground zero’ for climate action

The G20 accounts for 80% of global emissions

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres has said that the G20 are critical in ensuring the planet and its population have a healthy future.

“The G20 is ground zero for bridging divisions and finding answers to these crises and more,” Guterres said at COP27.

He explained that these nations account for 80% of the world’s emissions and a huge part of overcoming climate change lies with them.

The Chief is calling for a Climate Solidarity Pact, which would see both developed and developing nations combine resources to lower emissions and reduce the global reliance on fossil fuels.

G20 leaders can make or break the Climate Solidarity Pact that I intend to present again tomorrow.   Under this pact, they would make extra efforts this decade to keep the limit of 1.5°C alive,” he said.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also considered unachievable for developing nations due to a lack of cash – with Guterres calling on the G20 to help finance the global green transition.

He said he is urging “G20 economies to adopt an SDG stimulus package that will provide governments of the Global South with investments, liquidity and offer debt relief and restructuring.”