UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged world leaders to set aside stubbornness and instead compromise to seal a deal on implementing the Paris climate accord. Addressing reporters at UN headquarters, Guterres called on governments to show ambition and leadership to meet the climate challenges, adding that leadership is also the capacity to compromise.
Guterres will join delegates from nearly 200 countries at the UN climate conference COP24 that opens this Sunday in the southern Polish city of Katowice. The conference aims to agree on a plan to move forward on the 2015 climate deal.
World leaders have been trying to breathe new life into the Paris Agreement following the US decision to pull out of the deal and backsliding from several nations over commitments made.
The Paris climate deal is to take effect in 2020 and calls for limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.