Mr. Guterres said he normally conducts a “solidarity visit” to a Muslim country during Ramadan, but this year he decided to visit the Muslim community in Christchurch, “to pay tribute to their courage, to their resilience, but also to pay tribute to the extraordinary unity and message of solidarity of the people and government of New Zealand “.
The UN chief also expressed his admiration for Ms. Ardern’s swift and decisive response to the massacre, which allowed the government to take immediate steps to significantly strengthen gun control legislation and its call for prevent hate speech on social media and the Internet. Ms. Ardern’s calls and leadership, he added, are extremely important in the context of the United Nations initiatives to combat hate speech and to better support countries in protecting the holy places.
The Secretary-General’s visit to New Zealand is part of a tour of the Pacific Island States, where the urgent issue of climate change is of paramount importance: in his address to the press, Mr. Guterres thanked New Zealand for its leadership in the fight against “climate”. urgency “and the country’s support to the Pacific Island States, which he described as being at the forefront of the dramatic consequences of climate change.
“I will travel to Fiji, Tuvalu and Vanuatu to send a strong message from the Pacific to the rest of the world: we must absolutely catch up, we must absolutely be able to stop this dramatic trend, to reverse this dramatic trend. We can not allow precipitous climate change. We must protect the lives of all people and protect our planet. “
The Secretary-General also noted New Zealand’s introduction of legislation aimed at achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 and maintaining global warming at 1.5 degrees by the end of the century, a reaffirmed goal. by the scientific community in a UN report published in October 2018, described to Mr. Guterres called the time of “alarm that tears the ear”.
However, he added, the political will has faded in other countries, even though they are aware of the need to act, which is one of the reasons for launching a special summit. United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held at United Nations Headquarters in New York in September.
Source: United Nations.