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Secretary General of United Nations Antonio Guterres (File Photo)

On Monday, the Secretary-General of the United Nations identified 3 essential elements for the success of the work of the 26th session of the Glasgow (Scotland) Climate Change Conference, scheduled to be held next November.

He said in a press conference, after the end of a closed meeting on climate change, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, that the international community for the success of this conference must “keep me to keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal (the amount of global warming) within reach.”

“The second is to meet the estimated $100 billion annually for climate action, and the third is to increase funding for adaptation (to the impacts of climate change) by at least 50 percent of total public climate finance,” he added.

He continued, “Developed countries need to take the lead…because they account for 80 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, and it is also necessary for many emerging economies to move forward effectively (the third thing).”

The Secretary-General stressed the importance of “governments getting rid of the use of fossil fuels for power generation because if all the power plants in the world were to run on coal, we would not only be above 1.5 degrees, but we would be much higher than two degrees and then the goals of the Paris Agreement would become smoke in the air.”

And “Paris Climate” is the first comprehensive international agreement on climate protection, which was reached in December 2015 in the French capital, after lengthy negotiations between representatives of 195 countries. The treaty obligates the signatory countries to contain the rate of global warming.

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