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Guterres announces climate summit for September 2019

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GENEVA, April 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, April 3, 2018. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres applauded Tuesday international pledges of more than 2 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 for the three-year-old crisis in Yemen. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan/IANS) by .
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres(Xinhua/Xu Jinquan/IANS)

In March, Guterres appointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Action and announced that the billionaire will support the UN in its climate strategy and in organising the 2019 summit….reports Asian Lite News

GENEVA, April 3, 2018 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres delivers a speech during the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, April 3, 2018. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres applauded Tuesday international pledges of more than 2 billion U.S. dollars in 2018 for the three-year-old crisis in Yemen. (Xinhua/Xu Jinquan/IANS) by .

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Tuesday a climate summit set to take place in September 2019 in New York to review the Paris Agreement commitments.

“The effects of climate change keep spreading all over the world,” Guterres said at the opening ceremony of the 37th session of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. “In 2017, the total economic cost of climate-related disasters reached a record $320 billion.”

The UN chief said that there is a “need to adopt collective measures to steer the world away from this path that leads to suicide,” adding that any new plans must be based on “investing in resilient development with low carbon emissions.”

NEW YORK, June 14, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg delivers a speech at the High-level Dialogue on U.S.-China Economic Relations in New York, the United States, on June 14, 2017. More than 30 scholars from leading think-tanks in both China and the United States gathered here on Wednesday to discuss the bilateral economic and trade relationship between the world's two largest economies. (Xinhua/Wang Ying/IANS) by .
Michael Bloomberg (IANS)

In March, Guterres appointed former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg as his Special Envoy for Climate Action and announced that the billionaire will support the UN in its climate strategy and in organising the 2019 summit.

In a speech focusing on the importance of “redefining the current concept of development,” as well as promoting the commitment to the 2030 Agenda, Guterres said that climate change is the “biggest systemic threat to humankind.”

In 2017, US President Donald Trump announced his country’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.