United Nations chief praises New Zealand's unity, climate change leadership

United Nations chief praises New Zealand's unity, climate change leadership

Climate Change Minister and UN Secretary General discuss climate change issuesMinister for Climate Change James Shaw met today with United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to discuss a range of global and regional climate change issues. Guterres has arrived in New Zealand as part of a trip to the South Pacific to highlight the issue of climate change.

The Minister was pleased to show the Secretary-General some of New Zealand's climate change work underway and meet New Zealanders making change, including youth, the private sector and Māori.

Acknowledging the role that youth needs to play in advancing climate action worldwide, he reminded the room of our common "central objective: not to have more than 1.5 degrees of increasing temperature at the end of the century". "And the paradox is that as things are getting worse on the ground; political will seems to be fading". While during his visit, he praised Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for introducing a bill that aims to make New Zealand mostly carbon neutral by 2050.

"It is very important that around the world young people, civil society and those that in the business community have understood that the green economy is the economy of the future and the grey economy has no future", said Mr. Guterres.

A pollution tax was one of the recommendations the Tax Working Group suggested the Government implement in its final report, released in February this year. "We need to protect the lives of all people and we need to protect our planet".

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Mr Guterres said he usually visits a Muslim country during the holy month of Ramadan but this year made a decision to visit Muslims in New Zealand as a tribute to their courage and resilience after the attack.

Guterres said he usually visits a Muslim country during the holy month of Ramadan but this year chose to visit Muslims in New Zealand as a tribute to their courage and resilience after the attack.

During a visit to new Zealand's capital, Wellington, he said on Sunday, the political commitment of the States. After a three-day Station in new Zealand, he traveled to the Fiji Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The Secretary-General thanked New Zealand for its support for his Climate Action Summit to be held in NY this September.

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