"We need everyone" to help accelerate climate action: UN chief

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A view of the first Africa Action Summit, in Marrakech, Morocco. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

"We need everyone" to speed up the pace of climate action in order to curb the harmful effects of climate change and achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

The words of UN chief Ban Ki-moon, speaking at the High Level event on Accelerating Climate Action, in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Thursday, where delegates have been meeting for the COP22 conference.

Matthew Wells reports.

Now that the Paris Agreement on climate change has come into force in record time, said the Secretary-General, there was an urgency to implement it on the ground and help keep temperature rises to well below two degrees this century.

He pointed to the alliance of 30 African countries and major institutions spearheading a major agricultural initiative as an example of how his Action Agenda was being realized already.

But the mutually entwined goals on climate and sustainable development needed action from the most local level, to the truly global, said Mr Ban.

"I encourage all sectors of society to get involved. We need everyone. And we need action from the local to the global. Partnerships should focus on results today – and make progress for the long-term. We have no time to waste, and much to gain, by acting now."

He warned that with the impact of change already accelerating, adaption to the new conditions had to be prioritized, alongside mitigating its worst effects.

"Adaptation is not a luxury" he added, "it is a prudent investment in our future."

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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