Climate Change is Running Faster Than We Are Says UN Chief

Jacinda Ardern said she welcomed the timing of Guterres' visit

Jacinda Ardern said she welcomed the timing of Guterres' visit

"With great urgency we call upon Member States to come to NY in September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020 and in support to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals".

"The paradox is that as things are getting worse on the ground, political will seems to be fading".

Ms Ardern called climate change "the biggest challenge" facing the global community and said it would be "gross negligence" to avoid the issue.

"Climate change is running faster than what we are ... the last four years have been the hottest registered", Mr Guterres said yesterday alongside New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern.

"It's heartening to see substantial proposals for taxing polluters, tackling climate change and protecting water quality", Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman said. Ardern called climate change "the biggest challenge" facing the worldwide community and said it would be "gross negligence" to avoid the issue.

Guterres said New Zealand "has a plan" when it comes to climate change action, citing the zero carbon act legislation. I'm extremely grateful to the leadership of New Zealand in this regard and extremely grateful to the leadership to the youth in New Zealand in this regard.

António Guterres receives a powhiri at Government House in Auckland. He paid tribute to the new Zealand government respect for your project to make the country up to the year 2050 CO2-neutral.

On Monday, speaking to a group of youth in Auckland, Guterres praised "the very important leadership that youth around the world is providing" on the climate crisis.

António Guterres expressed solidarity with victims of the Christchurch terror attacks and their families.

One outlier to such inaction, said Guterres, is New Zealand.

She said on Saturday she had "another follow-up call" with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg who supported the initiative, although he would not be attending its Paris summit in person.

The UN chief also recognized the important role played by Generation Zero, a New Zealand-based youth-led organization dedicated to providing solutions for the country to cut carbon pollution through smarter transport, livable cities & independence from fossil fuels.