Climate conference in Poland: world leaders urged to act
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Prime ministers, presidents and NGOs were holding their second day of negotiations on Tuesday at a United Nations climate conference in Poland, amid warnings that the world is heading towards environmental disaster.
Antonio Guterres and Andrzej Duda at the UN climate conference on Monday. Photo: PAP/Andrzej Grygiel
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told delegates from almost 200 countries at the conference in the southern Polish city of Katowice on Monday: "Even as we witness devastating climate impacts causing havoc across the world, we are still not doing enough, nor moving fast enough, to prevent irreversible and catastrophic climate disruption.”
Thousands of decision makers from around the world have flocked to Katowice for the United Nations' COP24 climate change conference.
Speaking at the official opening on Monday, Polish President Andrzej Duda said his country was "ready to take its share of responsibility for international security," including in terms of climate policy.
The summit aims to adopt a roadmap for putting into practice the 2015 Paris climate agreement, which seeks to slow climate change, public broadcaster Polish Radio has reported.
The 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP24, runs until December 14.
Environmental reports have recently warned that the world must drastically slash greenhouse gas emissions to tackle global warming.