Developed countries emitted maximum greenhouse gas emissions, says UN chief

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said developed economies are responsible for the vast majority of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere throughout history.

António Guterres made the remarks on Saturday during a press briefing in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi during his visit to flood-hit areas of the country, Xinhua news agency reported.

“These impacts are skyrocketing,” he said, adding that “people living in conditions of high climate vulnerability, including in South Asia, are 15 times more likely to die from climate impacts.”

Nearly half of humanity now falls into this category and the overwhelming majority are in the developing world, António Guterres said.

Following the catastrophic floods in Pakistan, the Secretary-General called on the international community to design a new debt relief mechanism for affected countries.

He further advocated a debt swap mechanism whereby a country, instead of paying the debt to creditors, should be able to use this money to invest in climate resilience, sustainable infrastructure and the green transition of their economies.

Earlier in a press conference on Friday, responding to Xinhua on carbon emissions from developed countries for centuries, António Guterres called for effective support from the developed world to the most affected developing countries to build resilience and adapt. to the circumstances.

“It’s not about generosity. It’s about justice,” he said.

The Secretary-General, accompanied by Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and other officials, visited the flood-hit areas of Pakistan’s southern Sindh and southwestern Balochistan provinces on Saturday.

Besides visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mohenjo Daro in Sindh, which was damaged by floods, he also met displaced people in Sindh and Balochistan.

The Secretary-General also carried out a full aerial survey of the flooding and damage situation.



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