November 27, 2022

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What do you say at the climate summit? From Reuters

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©Reuters. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks during the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt November 7, 2022. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem 2/4

(Reuters) – World leaders, policymakers and delegates from nearly 200 countries are at the UN climate summit COP27 in Egypt, where they hope to keep a goal alive to avert the worst effects of climate change.

Here are some of the latest comments from attendees:

ANTONIO GUTERRES, UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY GENERAL

“Greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. Global temperatures continue to rise. And our planet is rapidly approaching tipping points that will make climate chaos irreversible.”

“We’re on a highway to climate hell with our foot on the accelerator.”

IMF MANAGING DIRECTOR KRISTALINA GEORGIEVA

“Unless we predictably set the price of carbon on a course that will take us to an average price of at least $75 per tonne of carbon by 2030, we are simply not incentivizing businesses and consumers to make the switch.”

PRESIDENT OF UNITED ARAB EMIRATES SHEIKH MOHAMMED BIN ZAYED AL-NAHYAN

“The UAE is recognized as a responsible energy supplier and will continue to play that role as long as the world needs oil and gas.”

WILLIAM RUTO, PRESIDENT OF KENYA

“The protracted discussions at COPs, with their delaying tactics and delays that have hampered implementation and delivery, are simply cruel and unfair. We can’t afford to spend more time sidestepping the real issues, and we need to break out of the open-focused discussions we’re caught up in.”

“In the face of an impending catastrophe, the warning signs of which are already unbearably disastrous, weak action is unwise. No action is dangerous.”

MACKY SALL, PRESIDENT OF SENEGAL AND CHAIRMAN OF THE AFRICAN UNION

“Even though Africa accounts for less than 4% of greenhouse gases, it is committed to low-carbon, climate-resilient development to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality within a reasonable timeframe. We are instead for a green transition that is fair and just about decisions that endanger our development, including universal access to electricity, which 600 million Africans still lack.”

MIA MOTTLEY, PRIME MINISTER OF BARBADOS

“How can companies make $200 billion in profit over the last three months and not expect to pay at least 10 cents out of every dollar of profit into a loss and damage fund. That’s what our people expect.”

FORMER US VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE

“We all have a credibility problem: we talk and start acting, but we don’t do enough.”

“We need to see the so-called ‘dash for gas’ for what it really is: a jump over a bridge to nowhere, leaving countries around the world with climate chaos and billions in stranded assets, particularly here in Africa.”

“We must move beyond the fossil-fuel colonialism era.”

EMMANUEL MACRON, PRESIDENT OF FRANCE

“Even though our world has changed, the climate issue cannot be a counterweight to the war that Russia has unleashed on Ukrainian soil (…) We will not sacrifice our commitment to climate because of the Russian energy threat. Countries must continue to honor all their commitments.”

FAUSTIN ARCHANGE TOUADERA, PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

“We should state clearly that the rich countries – the biggest polluters – bear the main blame for putting humanity at risk.”

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