In the fight against rising global temperatures, UN secretary-general antonio guterres has called on the international community to do more to protect the climate and end the use of coal as a source of energy.
"I have been a strong advocate for more progress on carbon pricing and ensuring that there are no new coal-fired power plants by 2020," guterres said at a summit of heads of state and government of the southeast asian community of nations (asean) in bangkok. Billions of dollars of taxpayer money could not continue to be used as fossil fuel subsidies. This ultimately leads to more hurricanes, tropical diseases and conflicts.
He was particularly concerned about the impact of the many new coal-fired power plants being built in some parts of the world, such as east and sudasia, said guterres. At the same time, industrialized countries also had to help developing countries try to emit less climate-damaging gases. To avoid a climate catastrophe, much more needs to be done by everyone. Only then could temperature rise be limited to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century. A recent UN report says that sea levels are likely to rise faster than expected due to climate change. That’s why floods are threatening several asian cities.
The meeting in bangkok, which ends on monday evening (local time), will also include wrangling over the proposed free trade pact, RCEP, spearheaded by china. If it were to materialize, it could capture one-third of world trade. Negotiations have been given new impetus by the trade war between the u.S. And china.
The free trade zone has been a great success for china. But as the japanese news agency kyodo reported on sunday, citing negotiating circles, leaders are likely to abandon the previously targeted timeline of ending free trade negotiations by the end of this year. Instead, they were likely to stick to a joint declaration to sign off on an agreement on the RCEP next year. China, india, japan, south korea, australia and new zealand as well as the ten asean countries indonesia, malaysia, thailand, the philippines, vietnam, myanmar, brunei, laos, cambodia and singapore want to join RCEP.
Russian prime minister dmitry medvedev called on southeast asian countries to cooperate in the development of new hardware and software. Some companies dominated the market, he said, according to the agency tass. "This hinders healthy competition and the introduction of promising new ideas."This also has an impact on security, medvedev said. Of the world’s largest technology companies, five were from the U.S. And two from china.
Summit will also address territorial disputes in the south china sea. Here, china and the asean states would like to find a code of conduct. China claims rough share of resource-rich sea area through which major shipping lanes passed. The philippines, vietnam, malaysia, brunei and taiwan also have territorial claims there.