The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres has condemned racism in the organization and countries.
On Thursday, the United Nations chief stressed the need for "every country, city, financial institution and company" to adopt plans for transitioning to net zero emissions by 2050, reports Xinhua news agency. Addressing racism requires cultural and structural changes.
In a recorded statement for the European Council on Foreign Relations, the UN Chief said that while he applauded the EU's climate achievements, the world is still nowhere near where it needs to be in terms of decarbonisation.
Meltwater streams cross the ice sheet, Greenland, December 5, 2018.
We are still running behind in the race against time.
Noting that "the European Union has been building solidarity with the most vulnerable countries around the world", Guterres pointed out that the bloc's proposals to speed up how it confronts inequality and protects those affected by the transition "can set a powerful example".
During the session, leaders of G20 member countries will discuss COVID-19 pandemic handling measures in the sectors of health and global economic recovery, including job market recovery, social protection, and global monetary system.
"Yesterday, I was encouraged by the broad recognition that vaccines - as well as tests and treatments - must be global public goods, available and affordable for all", he said, referring to the progress in the first-day meeting of the summit.
"G20 countries must take decisive action in the boards of multilateral, regional, and national development banks, to urge them to collaborate, provide substantial concessional climate finance to developing countries, including for adaptation and resilience, and re-think their mobilization potential to unlock the trillions held by institutional investors", he said.
According to Climate Action Tracker (CAT), if China's goal is achieved, it will lower global warming projections by around 0.2 to 0.3 degrees Celsius alone, the biggest single reduction ever estimated by CAT.