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UN chief warns ‘we will be doomed’ without historic climate pact

By Fiona Harvey

04 Nov 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

António Guterres issues a stark warning in the build up to Cop27, which is set to kick-off later this week. The Guardian reports on the UN chief's statement.

Rich countries must sign a “historic pact” with the poor on the climate, or “we will be doomed”, the UN secretary-general, António Guterres, has warned, as a deepening gulf between the developed and developing world has put climate talks on the brink.

The stark warning comes as world leaders start to gather for the UN Cop27 climate summit, which opens on Sunday in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, but which even the hosts admit will be the most difficult in at least a decade.

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