UNITED NATIONS- As many heads of state and government, including Pakistan’s Premier Shehbaz Sharif,  prepare to come to New York for the General Debate of the new General Assembly, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged them to bring hope to a fractured world, and increase efforts to fight the climate crisis. At a press conference in New York on Wednesday, the UN chief promised to address the many challenging issues facing the planet, in his speech next week to the General Assembly, which will also contain concrete recommendations for lasting solutions, and a call to action. 

He began by recalling the devastation he witnessed on his recent trip to flood-hit Pakistan, which he described as a window into a “future of permanent and ubiquitous climate chaos on an unimaginable scale”.

In typically uncompromising language, he lambasted the global response to the climate crisis as inadequate, unjust and, at its heart, a betrayal. “Whether it’s Pakistan, the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, small islands or Least Developed Countries, the world’s most vulnerable – who did nothing to cause this crisis – are paying a horrific price for decades of intransigence by big emitters”.