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China: Guterres orders world leaders: come to summits with 'credible plans'01:40

China: Guterres orders world leaders: come to summits with 'credible plans'

China, Beijing
April 26, 2019 at 05:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Secretary-General of the United Nations told world leaders at the Belt and Road forum in Beijing on Thursday that "climate change is running faster than we are."

He said that "climate change poses an existential risk to our countries. We are seeing record highs in land and ocean temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gas concentrations."

The Secretary-General called for a reimagining of "our world in a way that works for everyone, brings women into the leadership of the economy of the future and expands the opportunities for young people."

"I am telling leaders: do not come to summits with speeches. Come with credible and ambitious plans."

The Belt and Road initiative is a large-scale infrastructure project which aims to expand global trade. The plan, launched in 2013, seeks to revive the Silk Road between Asia and Europe as well as building new links in the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Leaders from 37 countries and dozens of officials are due to attend the three-day summit, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of state of all 10 ASEAN (Association of South-east Asian Nation) members.

China: Guterres orders world leaders: come to summits with 'credible plans'01:40
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The Secretary-General of the United Nations told world leaders at the Belt and Road forum in Beijing on Thursday that "climate change is running faster than we are."

He said that "climate change poses an existential risk to our countries. We are seeing record highs in land and ocean temperatures, sea levels and greenhouse gas concentrations."

The Secretary-General called for a reimagining of "our world in a way that works for everyone, brings women into the leadership of the economy of the future and expands the opportunities for young people."

"I am telling leaders: do not come to summits with speeches. Come with credible and ambitious plans."

The Belt and Road initiative is a large-scale infrastructure project which aims to expand global trade. The plan, launched in 2013, seeks to revive the Silk Road between Asia and Europe as well as building new links in the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Leaders from 37 countries and dozens of officials are due to attend the three-day summit, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and the heads of state of all 10 ASEAN (Association of South-east Asian Nation) members.