UN / EMISSIONS GAP REPORT

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The Secretary-General said the new UN Environment Programme report shows that “the emissions gap is more like an emissions canyon.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 20 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

20 NOVEMBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In short, the report shows that the emissions gap is more like an emissions canyon. A canyon littered with broken promises, broken lives, and broken records. All of this is a failure of leadership, a betrayal of the vulnerable, and a massive missed opportunity.”
4. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Leaders must drastically up their game, now, with record ambition, record action, and record emissions reductions. The next round of national climate plans will be pivotal. These plans must be backed with the finance, technology, support, and partnerships to make them possible. The task of leaders at COP28 is to make sure that happens.”
6. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“In their response to the Global Stocktake, countries must commit to triple renewables capacity, double energy efficiency, and bring clean power to all by 2030. And they must also commit to phasing out fossil fuels, with a clear time frame aligned to the 1.5-
degree limit. Otherwise, we’re simply inflating the lifeboats while breaking the oars.”
8. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“At a time of doubt, division, and distrust, we need the response to the Global Stocktake to restore credibility in climate action. Leaders can’t kick the can any further. We’re out of road. COP28 must set us up for dramatic climate action – now.”
10. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
“Governments can’t keep pledging to cut emissions under the Paris Agreement and then greenlighting huge fossil fuels projects; this is throwing the global energy transition, and humanity’s future, into question.”
12. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Inger Andersen, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
“The longer we wait, the harder it’s going to be. The world needs to lift the needle out of the groove of insufficient action and begin setting new records on cutting emissions, green and just transitions, and climate finance – starting now.”
14. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room
15. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“I think it’s also important to be able to transform this tragedy into an opportunity. And for that to be possible, it is essential that after the war, we move in a determined and irreversible way to a Two-State solution.”
16. Med shot, journalist, photographer, press briefing room
17. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“The international community needs to look into a transition period. I do not think that a UN protectorate in Gaza is a solution. I think we’ll need a multistakeholder approach.”
18. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room
19. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“So, everybody needs to come together to create a condition for a transition allowing for the Palestinian authorities, stress on Palestinian authorities to assume responsibility in Gaza, and then based on that, to finally move, as I said, in a determined and irreversible way to a Two-State solution.”
20. Med shot, journalist, press briefing room
21. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations:
“We are witnessing a killing of civilians that is unparalleled and unprecedented in any conflict since I am Secretary-General.”
22. Wide shot, speakers, press briefing room

STORYLINE:
The Secretary-General said the new UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report shows that “the emissions gap is more like an emissions canyon.”

At the launch of UNEP's Emissions Gap Report today (20 Nov) in New York, Guterres continued, “A canyon littered with broken promises, broken lives, and broken records. All of this is a failure of leadership, a betrayal of the vulnerable, and a massive missed opportunity.”

The UNEP Emissions Gap Report series, now in its 14th year, provides a yearly review of the gap between where global emissions are heading with countries’ current commitments and where they ought to be to limit warming to 1.5°C. Each edition explores ways to bridge the emissions gap.

In addition to providing an update on global GHG emissions, the Emissions Gap Report 2023: Broken Record – Temperatures hit new highs, yet world fails to cut emissions (again), focuses on energy transitions in low- and middle-income countries and looks at the role of carbon dioxide removal in bridging the emissions gap.

The report launches a week ahead of COP28 and will serve as a key input to the Global Stocktake, which takes inventory of where the world stands on climate action and support, identifying the gaps and working together to chart a better course forward to accelerate climate action.

The Secretary-General said, “Leaders must drastically up their game, now, with record ambition, record action, and record emissions reductions. The next round of national climate plans will be pivotal. These plans must be backed with the finance, technology, support, and partnerships to make them possible. The task of leaders at COP28 is to make sure that happens.”

He continued, “In their response to the Global Stocktake, countries must commit to triple renewables capacity, double energy efficiency, and bring clean power to all by 2030. And they must also commit to phasing out fossil fuels, with a clear time frame aligned to the 1.5-degree limit. Otherwise, we’re simply inflating the lifeboats while breaking the oars.”

He said that achieving all this depends on countries cooperating and working together.

He also said the recent climate statement between China and the USA is a positive first step.

But much more needs to be done.

Guterres said that countries that have not yet done so should announce their contributions to the Green Climate Fund and that early contributions to the new Loss and Damage Fund are needed to get it off to a “roaring start.”

He then welcomed the European Union’s commitment to a substantial contribution.

Developed countries must honor their promise of $100 billion a year in climate finance and deliver a clear plan to meet their commitment to double adaptation finance to at least US$40 billion a year by 2025.

He concluded, “At a time of doubt, division, and distrust, we need the response to the Global Stocktake to restore credibility in climate action. Leaders can’t kick the can any further. We’re out of road. COP28 must set us up for dramatic climate action – now.”

Briefing journalist from Nairobi, Kenya, Inger Andersen, UNEP Executive Director, said, “Governments can’t keep pledging to cut emissions under the Paris Agreement and then greenlighting huge fossil fuels projects; this is throwing the global energy transition, and humanity’s future, into question.”

She concluded, “The longer we wait, the harder it’s going to be. The world needs to lift the needle out of the groove of insufficient action and begin setting new records on cutting emissions, green and just transitions, and climate finance – starting now.”

Asked about the situation in Gaza, Guterres answered, “I think it’s also important to be able to transform this tragedy into an opportunity. And for that to be possible, it is essential that after the war, we move in a determined and irreversible way to a Two-State solution.”

He also said, “The international community needs to look into a transition period. I do not think that a UN protectorate in Gaza is a solution. I think we’ll need a multistakeholder approach.”

He continued, “So, everybody needs to come together to create a condition for a transition allowing for the Palestinian authorities, stress on Palestinian authorities to assume responsibility in Gaza, and then based on that, to finally move, as I said, in a determined and irreversible way to a Two-State solution.”

He concluded, “We are witnessing a killing of civilians that is unparalleled and unprecedented in any conflict since I am Secretary-General.”
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