H.E. Mr. János Áder, President of Hungary participated in the High-level Meeting on Climate and Sustainable Development for All, which was organized by the President of the General Assembly on 28 March 2019. On the margin of the High-level event President Áder also held bilateral meetings with H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia as well as with Alexander van der Bellen, President of Austria.
During the High-level Meeting President Áder highlighted that the situation caused by the climate change has worsened since the adoption of the Paris Agreement in 2015. We are far from our goal keeping a global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The President also emphasized that there is no time left for not taking ambitious actions in order to fight against the climate change. In the last century the population has risen by 3,5 times, while the energy consumption increased by 10 times all over the world. In spite of reducing our CO2 emissions in the last three years, it even intensified. In the upcoming decades this trend will not likely to change. There are only two options to fight against the CO2 emissions, namely improve energy intensity and carbon intensity, while recycling our waste to natural resources. President Áder ended his speech with a quote from the former president of the United States of America, President Abraham Lincoln with the following: ‘You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.’
On the margin of the High-level event President Áder had a fruitful meeting with H.E. Mr. António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations on the future cooperation between Hungary and the UN. During his visit President Áder held bilateral discussions with H.E. Mr. Borut Pahor, President of Slovenia as well as with Alexander van der Bellen, President of Austria. President Áder also invited his partners to the upcoming Budapest Water Summit to be held in Budapest 15-17 October 2019.
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