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Rich countries must sign climate pacts with poor countries or “we will perish” – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned.

Speaking ahead of the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, Mr. Guterres said wealthier nations must help emerging economies accelerate their transition to renewable energy.

“COP27 must be the place to close the gap of ambition, the gap of confidence and the gap of solidarity,” he said.

“It must put us back on the path to cutting emissions, increasing climate resilience and adaptation, keeping the promise of climate finance, and addressing the loss and damage caused by climate change.” Queen.”

Wealthy nations are already emitting more heat-trapping carbon dioxide from burning coal, oil and natural gas.

Meanwhile, poorer countries like Pakistan, where recent floods affected 33 million people, have suffered more than their share of carbon emissions.

After last year’s COP26 in Glasgow, the United Nations Environment Program estimated that developing countries need $70 billion a year to adapt – a number that is expected to double by 2030.

After that summit, the poorer countries again pushed for financial help from the developed world, calling for a loss and damage fund to compensate them for the related losses. climate.

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But the conference ended without a resolution – the $356 million pledge was far short of what was needed to accommodate, and the loss and damage fund was squandered by wealthy nations from deny.

Mr Guterres said that achieving “concrete results” in terms of loss and damage was a “kneel test of the commitment of governments” participating in the summit.

He added: “Loss and damage are always deferred matters.

“There is no more time to procrastinate.

“We have to recognize the loss and damage and we have to create an institutional framework to deal with it.”

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COP27 begins Sunday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, running until November 18.

This is happening, says Mr. Guterres, as greenhouse gas emissions are increasing by 10% and temperatures could rise to 2.8°C by the end of the century.

“And that means our planet is reaching tipping points that make climate chaos irreversible and forever engulfed in catastrophic temperature increases,” he added.

This is despite the 2015 Paris agreement that called for limiting temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, a goal he described as “intensive care”, although “still achievable”. .

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