China will also increase its financial support for green and low-carbon energy projects in other developing countries, he said.
“The climate alarm bells are also ringing at their peak,” he said. âThe recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was a code red for humanity. We are seeing the warning signs on every continent and region: scorching temperatures, shocking biodiversity loss, air, water and polluted natural spaces. “
China still has work to do on the climate at home, admitted Xi Jinping, reiterating his previous commitment to “strive” to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.
“It takes hard work and we will do everything we can,” said the Chinese leader.
The United States has also been criticized for not transferring money under the Trump administration; Trump withdrew the United States from its global climate finance commitments when he withdrew from the Paris climate agreement. Under the Obama administration, the United States paid $ 1 billion out of a $ 3 billion pledge it originally made in 2014.
Even with Biden’s new engagement, U.S. allies are contributing more to the effort. For example, the European Union transfers around 25 billion euros per year (the equivalent of 29.3 billion dollars).
The assembly is the last major international event before world leaders meet again at the G20 in Rome in October, immediately followed by the United Nations climate conference in Scotland.
“We are weeks away from the UN climate conference in Glasgow, but seemingly light years away from reaching our goals,” Guterres said. “We have to be serious and we have to act quickly.”
Guterres’ speech revealed his growing impatience and frustration with leaders. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – whose government has authorized rampant deforestation in the Amazon – also speaks on Tuesday.
The UN chief’s speech and his strident new tone comes as Guterres prepares to launch his next five-year term as UN Secretary-General. He also intervenes in a global political landscape that has itself become more moderate since the departure of former US President Donald Trump.
The Secretary-General and President Biden met briefly Monday night at the Biden Hotel in Manhattan, with a discussion that “reaffirmed the strong partnership between the United Nations and the United States, anchored in shared principles and values.” , said Guterres’ office.