EYEAFRICA TV: Madrid, Spain: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has stressed the importance of not leaving any countries behind in global climate action measures and emphasized that the transition to a low-carbon future must aim to benefit all in an equal way.
Guterres made the remarks while speaking at the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference, known as COP25, in the Spanish capital Madrid on Thursday.
“It is essential that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, when great transitions have left people, communities and entire nations falling by the wayside. We must ensure the transition to a low-carbon future is fair and inclusive,” he said.
The Secretary-General noted that shifting to a low-carbon economy is expected to ensure that current energy industrial workers still have decent jobs while living in a cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.
“It means a future of green and decent jobs. A future of thriving, resilient communities, cities and countries. And a future where developing nations are not raided for resources and human capital but are treated as equal partners,” said the Secretary-General.
The two-week UN event, which opened on Dec 2, has gathered tens of thousands of delegates from across the world to discuss methods of curbing global emissions.
A decision to move the conference venue to Spain was taken in early November due to concerns over social unrest in Chile, the original host.