United Nations Secretary, General Antonio Guterres said yesterday that the Caribbean experience in dealing with the impact of climate change makes it “abundantly clear that we must urgently reduce global emissions and work collectively to ensure that global temperature does not go beyond 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels”.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the 40th CARICOM summit in St. Lucia, Guterres said he is urging all leaders from governments and the private sector to present plans at the upcoming Climate Action Summit or at the latest by December 2020 “to cut greenhouse emissions by 45 per cent by 2030 and get to carbon neutrality by 2050.

Guterres further stated that “they must massively increase their ambition to advance low emission and resilient development, including addressing loss and damage from climate change, adding that “they need all hands on deck to make this transformation possible.”

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