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»Die Welt befindet sich am Scheideweg«

Aufruf der Präsidenten früherer Klimagipfel anlässlich des COP24 in Kattowitz, 2.12.2018 (engl. Originalfassung)

We, former Presidents of the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, are extremely concerned about the climate crisis and join our voices to the chorus of those seeking enhanced action. Scientists have relentlessly reminded us of how urgent the climate and environmental crisis is.

The impacts of climate change are increasingly hard to ignore. Every year, weather events and pollution claim millions of victims and destroy hundreds of billions dollars’ worth of infrastructures and livelihoods. Droughts ruin rural areas and degraded lands increase hunger and migrations. Poverty reduction, human development and progress on other Sustainable Development Goals are put at risk.

The world is at a crossroads and decisive action in the next two years will be crucial to tackle these urgent threats. The challenges are there, as are the solutions. We require deep transformations of our economies and societies to build a better world for all. This must be powered by multilateral cooperation.

What ministers and other leaders say and do in Katowice at COP24 will help determine efforts for years to come and either bring the world closer to meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement – including protecting those most vulnerable to climate change – or push action further down the road. Any delay will only make it harder and more expensive to respond to climate change.

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