The UN Secretary-General warned on Friday that the world is “moving in the wrong direction” and urged countries to act quickly to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
At a news conference, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres remarked, “COVID-19 is a wake-up call, and we are oversleeping”.
Guterres noted that vaccine-producing countries had been unable to scale up production in order to reach the objective of vaccinating 70 percent of the world’s population by the first half of 2022, which begins on September 21 in New York.
Guterres denied proposals to postpone the UN’s COP26 climate meeting, which is set to take place in Scotland in November. Due to vaccination inequity, the growing Covid pandemic, and logistical issues in organizing the event, climate activists have appealed for the event to be postponed.
Guterres urged the world’s two biggest polluters, the United States, and China, to do more to address climate change.
He stated that the US needs to be more involved in development financing, climate-related development concerns, mitigation, and adaptation and that China needs to put in more effort in relation to emissions.