UN chief to push G7 action on COVID-19, climate change

  • UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres
UNITED NATIONS, June 9 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Britain on Thursday to attend the 2021 Group of Seven (G7) summit that is held in Cornwall, where he will participate in a number of working sessions, said his spokesman.

"His overriding message to the G7 will be that we need a quantum leap in our capacity to address the challenges that we face today, notably the COVID-19 pandemic and, of course, climate change," said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman. 

 

On COVID-19, Guterres will push for a global vaccination plan that should lead to doubling vaccine production and the equitable distribution of the vaccine to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access, he told a daily press briefing. 

 

The secretary-general will also advocate for more ambitious and concrete commitments from G7 members on public financing of the fight against climate change, he said. 

 

Guterres will ask G7 members to deliver on the goal to provide 100 billion U.S. dollars a year through the doubling of their aggregate public climate finance commitments for the period 2021-2025 and to come forward with new and more ambitious individual public finance commitments. He will also call on G7 leaders to increase the share of climate finance allocated to adaptation and resilience to at least 50 percent of climate finance, given the worsening impact of climate change on the developing world, said the spokesman. Enditem 

Source: XINHUA 

 

"His overriding message to the G7 will be that we need a quantum leap in our capacity to address the challenges that we face today, notably the COVID-19 pandemic and, of course, climate change," said Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman. 

 

On COVID-19, Guterres will push for a global vaccination plan that should lead to doubling vaccine production and the equitable distribution of the vaccine to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access, he told a daily press briefing. 

 

The secretary-general will also advocate for more ambitious and concrete commitments from G7 members on public financing of the fight against climate change, he said. 

 

Guterres will ask G7 members to deliver on the goal to provide 100 billion U.S. dollars a year through the doubling of their aggregate public climate finance commitments for the period 2021-2025 and to come forward with new and more ambitious individual public finance commitments. He will also call on G7 leaders to increase the share of climate finance allocated to adaptation and resilience to at least 50 percent of climate finance, given the worsening impact of climate change on the developing world, said the spokesman. Enditem 

Source: XINHUA