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UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Secretary-General Petteri Taalas World Meteorological Organization (WMO) will present the high-level, multi-agency United in Science 2020 report on 9 September at 1100 EDT (1500 GMT/1700 CEST).

Press room, UN headquarters in New York, with virtual linkup to WMO in Geneva. The event will be live-cast on webtv.un.org. Accredited UN journalists will also be able to join via Web-ex.

SUBJECT: Increasing climate change indicators and impacts

The report provides the latest information on greenhouse gas concentrations, the impact of COVID19 on emissions, and the emissions gap compared to the Paris Agreement targets. It gives details on the global climate 2016-2020 and projections for the forthcoming 5 years. It also considers the impact of climate change on the cryosphere, oceans and fresh water. It looks at how COVID-19 restrictions have affected the ability to monitor climate change.

The report, the second in a series, is coordinated by the World Meteorological Organization. It combines input from the Global Carbon Project, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN Environment Programme, UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and the UK’s Met Office.

Copies of the report (English) and press release (official U.N. languages), along with high-resolution graphics will be released to journalists under embargo.
The embargo will be lifted at 0700 EDT (1100 GMT/1300 CEST).

For further information and interview requests please contact:

New York: Dan Shepard, Information Officer, UN Department of Global Communications.
Email shepard@un.org Tel. 1646-675-3286
Geneva: Clare Nullis, Media Officer, WMO. Email cnullis@wmo.int Tel 41-797091397

Note To Correspondents

In response to questions on the Middle East, the Spokesman for the Secretary-General has the following to say:

The Secretary-General has seen the announcement of the United States plan for the Middle East. The position of the United Nations on the two-State solution has been defined, throughout the years, by relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions by which the Secretariat is bound.

The United Nations remains committed to supporting Palestinians and Israelis to resolve the conflict on the basis of United Nations resolutions, international law and bilateral agreements and realizing the vision of two States – Israel and Palestine – living side by side in peace and security within recognized borders, on the basis of the pre-1967 lines.

28 January 2020
Stephane Dujarric

Spokesman for the Secretary-General


We Are Pushing For Human Rights and Gender Equality and Saying “No” To Hatred of Any Kind


United Nations Day highlights the enduring ideals of the Charter, adopted on this date 74 years ago.

Amid stormy global seas, the Charter remains our shared moral anchor. At this time of turbo-charged change, the United Nations remains focused on the real problems of real people.

We are working for a fair globalization and bold climate action. We are pushing for human rights and gender equality — and saying “no” to hatred of any kind. And we are striving to maintain peace – while bringing life-saving aid to millions caught up in armed conflict.

The United Nations itself is becoming ever more agile and accountable as we enhance support to countries. Next year marks the Organization’s 75th anniversary. This milestone is a critical moment to shape our future, together. I invite you to join the conversation. Together, let us advance the well-being of “we the peoples”.

‘End fossil fuel subsidies, and stop using taxpayers money to destroy the world’: Guterres

“We need to tax pollution, not people”, and “end subsidies for fossil fuels,” Secretary-General António Guterres told the World Summit of the R20 Coalition on Tuesday, a UN-supported environmental organization, founded by former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The idea that subsidizing fossil fuels is a way to improve people’s lives could not be more wrong, said the UN chief in the Austrian capital, Vienna, because it means spending taxpayers’ money to “boost hurricanes, to spread droughts, to melt glaciers, to bleach corals: to destroy the world.” More