Tackling climate change "mega-trend" must be "absolute priority": UN chief

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Secretary-General António Guterres at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF’17). Image courtesy/TASS

Climate change is the key "mega-trend" of our age that needs to be addressed in order to rebuild trust and global security, said the UN chief on Thursday.

António Guterres was speaking at the opening of the St Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia.

He said it was an "important opportunity" to discuss the big issues facing the international community and the global economy.

Matthew Wells reports.

Mr Guterres said that despite the benefits of globalization for many, it had "dramatically increased" inequality, and left whole regions and countries behind.

He pointed to the anxiety felt in the world's "rust belts," where factories are shuttered and unemployment is high.

The Secretary-General said there was now a trust and confidence deficit that was making economies and societies more fragile.

Climate action, embodied in the Paris Agreement of 2015, needed to continue whatever sceptical countries decide.

"We see that the global mega-trends – population growth, rapid urbanization, food insecurity, water scarcity – but above all climate change, (which is) the main accelerator of all other global trends in the world, are increasing those fragilities and are contributing also to the dramatic problem of trust in the world, especially when not everybody recognizes that climate change must be an absolute priority for the international community today."

He said when it came to solidifying the green economy and burgeoning tech industry, Russia had an important part to play as a powerful hub for science and technology, now and in the past.

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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