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Secretary-General's remarks at opening ceremony of UN Climate Change Conference COP25 December 03,2019   |  Source: UN

Quiero agradecer a los gobiernos de Chile y de España por haber trabajado juntos en un espíritu de multilateralismo inclusivo para tornar a esta COP25 posible y felicitarlos por la impecable organización conseguida en un tan corto espacio de tiempo. Felicitaciones y muchas gracias.

Such solidarity and flexibility are what we need in the race to beat the climate emergency.

We stand at a critical juncture in our collective efforts to limit dangerous global heating.

By the end of the coming decade we will be on one of two paths.

One is the path of surrender, where we have sleepwalked past the point of no return, jeopardizing the health and safety of everyone on this planet.

Do we really want to be remembered as the generation that buried its head in the sand, that fiddled while the planet burned?

The other option is the path of hope.

A path of resolve, of sustainable solutions.

A path where more fossil fuels remain where they should be – in the ground – and where we are on the way to carbon neutrality by 2050.

That is the only way to limit global temperature rise to the necessary 1.5 degrees by the end of this century.

The best available science, through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change tells us today that going beyond

 

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