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Wealthy nations are not enough to fight climate change, Johnson says

Wealthy nations are not enough to fight climate change, Johnson says

Countries have not fulfilled their obligations to deal with the climate crisis.

20. September 2021 or 19:48 TASR

New York. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson He is increasingly frustrated by rich countries that are not doing enough to combat climate change. AFP announced this.

Plans are not enough

Johnson explained his frustration to the leaders of rich countries during a closed meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. Johnson’s government is facing criticism from British activists that its climate protection measures are inadequate.

Prior to the conclusion of the Paris Agreement in 2015, developed countries pledged to allocate $ 100 billion annually to poorer countries from 2020 onwards in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change.

Johnson, who is hosting the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November, said, “Everybody nods and we all agree we need to do something about this.” “However, I must admit that I am increasingly frustrated that this ‘something’ that many of you have done is not enough,” the Prime Minister added.

Rich countries should support the poor

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said last week that its members had raised only $ 79.6 billion in 2019.

The United Kingdom has pledged $ 15 billion to fight climate change over the next five years. In addition, the British government announced on Monday that it would allocate $ 750 million of this investment to support developing countries’ plans for carbon neutrality.

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“Rich countries have benefited for generations from the benefits of unlimited pollution that is detrimental to developing countries,” Johnson said in a statement, promising rich countries a “duty to support poor countries with technology, expertise and money”. “

The questionable closed meeting was organized as part of UN Climate Week. The failure to reduce global emissions came just days after the industry was warned of global warming by 2.7 degrees Celsius on a “catastrophic” path compared to pre-industrial times.

The UN has not yet released a list of leaders who attended the meeting, the US president said Joe Biden However, he had planned to stay at his home in the state of Delaware. According to reports, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also missed the shootout, meaning the leaders of the world’s three largest polluters were not there.