Climate change is a race we must win!
Prime Minister Marjan Šarec and Foreign Minister Dr Miro Cerar are participating in the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, which began with the United Nations climate summit convened by UN Secretary General António Guterres, attended by more than sixty heads of state. As pointed out by SG Guterres in his opening address, climate change is a “race we must win”. The climate crisis has been caused by my generation and the solutions must come from us, he added.
The urgent need for action is emphasised in the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on limiting global warming to 1.5 °C by the end of the century in comparison to preindustrial times. The report points out that climate change affects the four pillars of food security: availability and accessibility of food, and utilization and stability of the food system. Only twelve years are left to transform our economies and societies to prevent the worst. The climate summit will continue its work within the UN system and the activities of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
On Saturday, 21 September, Patrik Bole, Slovenian youth delegate to the UN and member of the Slovenian delegation, took part in the Youth Climate Summit, which was mostly attended by young people. In the framework of the climate summit, Slovenia supports joint and determined action and measures by all countries to fight global warming, and it fosters the transition to a low-carbon society.
In the afternoon, Minister Cerar will attend an informal meeting of EU foreign ministers chaired by High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini to discuss the situations in Syria and Libya and other current international issues.