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World leaders call for int'l cooperation to tackle global warming
By:Xinhua
update:September 26,2019
Sept 26.2019-- World leaders attending the ongoing General Debate of the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 74) on Wednesday continued to call for international cooperation to tackle global warming.
 
"Climate change is frustrating efforts to raise the standard of living for the world's poor. Scientists have spoken, and we have seen with our own eyes, the devastating impact that climate change has had on our environment," Zambian President Edgar Lungu said.
 
Recalling early this year, three of Zambia's neighboring countries - Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe - were affected by cyclones, Lungu said that not far away, half of Zambia experienced a severe drought which has resulted in low crop productivity, and low water levels for hydroelectricity generation.
 
"Thus, opposite climatic extremes are occurring within the same neighborhood," he said.
 
"The impact of climate change requires global collaborative efforts, and support for the mitigation and adaptation strategies," he said.
 
"As a developing country, Zambia needs assistance to enhance her capacity in key areas such as scientific research, early warning, rapid response, and transfer of appropriate technologies to help cope with the negative impact of climate change," said the president.
 
"Furthermore, scaling up global efforts in addressing climate change should invariably include the increased accessibility to financial support, particularly for countries with limited resources, to enable them make their fair contribution to this global effort, and also bear the general climate-change-induced cost burdens," he added.
 
"We care about nations facing extinction through the slow weapon of mass destruction - the climate catastrophe," Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid warned. "We care about nations facing famine, and famine-induced disturbances due to climate change."
 
Climate change remains "the biggest existential challenge" the world is facing. In this light it is "disturbing to know that we still keep subsidizing trillions of dollars into its source - the fossil fuel industry," Kaljulaid complained.
 
"No place on Earth will be untouched and none of us can escape it (destructive force of climate change). Many people across the globe already experience threats with regard to their livelihoods and, indeed, lives," she added.
 
"Climate change and environmental degradation is one of the few things where we need to share collective responsibility," the president stressed. "In this battle we are all on the same side and it is the only way we can win."
 
Recalling the collective effort that mankind made in 1987 to protect the ozone layer by phasing out numerous substances that were responsible for ozone depletion, she said "collective action" of mankind is fairly important.
 
"As a result, the ozone hole in Antarctica has since then been slowly healing," said the president.
 
The General Debate of UNGA 74 opened Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York with the theme of "Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion."
 
UN Climate Action Summit opened Monday prior to the UNGA 74 General Debate, serving as a forum to hold countries accountable to the international commitments they made to cut global warming as part of the Paris Agreement.
 
It was preceded by the Youth Climate Summit on Saturday, where participants from across the globe showcased their solutions on how to combat the crisis.
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