Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the UN has a
"very solid commitment" for climate action, pointing out that African
nations were the biggest victims of the globally changing weather patterns.
"We cannot be defeated by climate change and we are not
yet winning this battle," he said yesterday at a ceremony in which Egypt
took over the chairmanship of the 'Group of 77.
"And it is clear to me that the biggest victims of
climate change are members of the G77, namely African countries affected by
drought or small island countries affected by the kind of hurricanes that we have
seen or therising levels of waters,” he added.
"But at the same time, of the largest economies of the
world the two largest economies of the G77 are strongly committed to the
leadership in climate action - and I refer to China and India," said Guterres.
"In a moment when others are failing, I see the largest
economies of the Group of 77 and China to be assuming the leadership in climate
action to make sure that we don't suffer the dramatic and devastating impacts
of climate change, as unfortunately we are already witnessing and things will
get much worse if we are not able to defeat this threat," Guterres said.