United Nations – Remarks by the UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the High-level event at COP23, the UN Climate Change Conference – November 2017 in Bonn, Germany.
“…The catastrophic effects of climate change are upon us.
And the voice of small island State that are on the frontlines of the impact of climate change must the voice of us all.
In the battlefield, when the frontline is decimated, the whole army is lost. And the same would happen to the planet with climate change.
Floods, fires, extreme storms and drought are growing in intensity and frequency.
Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide are higher than they have been for 800,000 years.
Climate change is the defining threat of our time.
Our duty — to each other and to future generations — is to raise ambition.
We need to do more on five ambition action areas: emissions, adaptation, finance, partnerships and leadership.”
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