GLASGOW / COP26 GUTERRES GLOBAL ACTION

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Secretary-General António Guterres said, “we cannot settle for the lowest common denominator,” and stressed that “we remain on a catastrophic temperature rise track well above 2 degrees Celsius.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 11 NOVEMBER 2021, GLASGOW, SCOTLAND

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1. Wide shot, plenary
2. Various shots, Secretary-General António Guterres walks up to podium
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We cannot settle for the lowest common denominator. We know what must be done. Keeping the 1.5 goal within reach means reducing emissions globally by 45 percent by 2030. But the present set of Nationally Determined Contributions -- even if fully implemented -- will still increase emissions by 2030. According to the latest joint analysis of the Nationally Determined Contributions by UNEP and UNFCCC, we remain on a catastrophic temperature rise track well above 2 degrees Celsius.”
4. Wide shot, delegates
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Every country, every city, every company, every financial institution must radically, credibly and verifiably reduce their emissions and decarbonize their portfolios starting now.”
6. Wide shot, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The announcements here in Glasgow are encouraging – but they are far from enough. The emissions gap remains a devastating threat. The finance and adaptation gap represent a glaring injustice for the developing world. We need even more ambition in future revised Nationally Determined Contributions. And we need pledges to be implemented. We need commitments to turn concrete. We need actions to be verified. And we need to bridge the deep and real credibility gap.”
8. Wide shot, delegates
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We must now zoom in on the quality and implementation of plans. On measuring and analysing. On reporting, transparency and accountability. That is why – beyond the mechanisms already set out in the Paris Agreement – I have decided to establish a High-Level Expert Group to propose clear standards to measure and analyse net zero commitments from non-state actors. The High-Level Expert group will build on existing work and submit a series of recommendations to me during the course of next year. And they will work in a transparent and inclusive manner, and I invite you all to cooperate fully in their establishment and then with them.”
10. Various shot, audience applause
11. Wide shot, plenary
12. Various shot, Guterres walking through COP 26 site

STORYLINE:

Secretary-General António Guterres today (11 Nov) said, “we cannot settle for the lowest common denominator,” and stressed that “we remain on a catastrophic temperature rise track well above 2 degrees Celsius.”

Speaking at a Global Climate Action High-Level Event in Glasgow, Guterres said, “keeping the 1.5 goal within reach means reducing emissions globally by 45 percent by 2030. But the present set of Nationally Determined Contributions -- even if fully implemented -- will still increase emissions by 2030.”

He said, “every country, every city, every company, every financial institution must radically, credibly and verifiably reduce their emissions and decarbonize their portfolios starting now.”

The Secretary-General said announcements made in Glasgow were “encouraging” but “are far from enough.”

He said, “we need even more ambition in future revised Nationally Determined Contributions. And we need pledges to be implemented. We need commitments to turn concrete. We need actions to be verified. And we need to bridge the deep and real credibility gap.”

Guterres announced the establishment of a High-Level Expert Group “to propose clear standards to measure and analyse net zero commitments from non-state actors,” adding that “the High-Level Expert group will build on existing work and submit a series of recommendations to me during the course of next year.”

Also, today, 11 countries presented the Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance (BOGA) at COP26. Ireland, France, Denmark, and Costa Rica among others, as well as some subnational governments, launched a first of its kind alliance to set an end date for national oil and gas exploration and extraction.
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