Cutting emissions is responsibility of G20 nations, UN's Guterres says

(Reuters, 1 Mar 2024) U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday said cutting emissions is "essentially" the responsibility of G20 nations, the largest pollutors, calling for stronger targets and fairer financing for countries bearing the brunt of climate change.

Guterres, speaking ahead of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) summit in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, said "more climate justice" was needed, including reasonable financing costs for developing countries to protect themselves from climate change.

"It is absolutely essential that there is not only a much bigger ambition in relation to the reduction of emissions, and that is essentially a responsibility of the G20 countries that represent 80% of the emissions," Guterres said. He added that more climate justice entailed "much more finance available at reasonable cost for adaptation and mitigation for developing countries, and in particular for small island developing states." Caribbean countries have long called for climate reparations, such as a "loss and damage" fund paid into by richer countries for vulnerable nations to access funds for damages incurred by climate disasters.

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