The discussions began with a World Meteorological Organization (WMO) report delivered on Sunday that the world had likely seen its warmest eight years on record, including each year since nations came together to forge the historic Paris Agreement in 2015.
Furthermore, Egypt’s President, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, in his opening remarks urged leaders to act quickly to carry out their commitments.
“Retracing is not an option right now. There is no room for uncertainty. For the benefit of future generations, we now stand before a special historical crossroads, the last opportunity to fulfill our obligations” he declared.
#COP27 LIVE: President of Egypt @AlsisiOfficial urges the world to move to concrete actions and effective implementation on climate, and also launches an appeal to end the war between Russia and Ukraine, at the #SCIS. #TogetherForImplementation pic.twitter.com/Y1LbouaZnB
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Additionally, President el-Sisi issues an appeal to halt the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and calls on the world to take effective and real climate action.
The UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, then stepped onto the stage and issued some characteristically grave warnings.
He stated that “We are losing the battle for our own life. “With our foot on the accelerator, we are traveling down a road to climate hell.”
If anything, they are a reason for greater urgency, stronger action & greater accountability. pic.twitter.com/gL2lb8awpm
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Also, the world’s two largest polluters, China and the United States were urged by the UN Secretary-General to work together to combat climate change, noting that they had “a particular duty to join efforts.”
Moreover, Antonio Guterres accepted that the world confronted other significant problems, such as Russia’s conflict in Ukraine, but he said that climate change was of a different magnitude.
Putting it off is unacceptable, ridiculous, and self-defeating, he declared. UN Secretary-General added that “damage and loss cannot be ignored any longer.
It is morally required. It is a matter of climate justice and global solidarity” which needs to be addressed on the COP27 platform.