State Of The Global Climate In 2020, Tanzania & other topics – Daily Briefing (16 April 2021)

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    Noon briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.


    – Secretary-General/C40 Cities

    – Press Conference/State Of The Global Climate In 2020

    – Tanzania

    – Democratic Republic Of The Congo

    – Nigeria

    – Hunger In West And Central Africa

    – Syria

    – Financial Contribution


    This morning, the Secretary-General spoke at the closed virtual meeting with leading mayors supported by the C40 Cities. He noted that cities are on the frontline of the climate crisis, with more than half a billion urban residents already facing rising sea levels and more frequent or severe storms.  

    The Secretary-General said that the COVID-19 pandemic is a global catastrophe, but investment in recovery is a generational opportunity to put climate action, clean energy and sustainable development at the heart of cities’ strategies and policies.  

    He called on all to take urgent action on three fronts. First, to work with national leaders to make sure they engage, and they present ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions, well before COP26 in November; second, to commit cities to net-zero by 2050, make ambitious plans for the next decade, and bring fellow mayors and local leaders with them; third, to use the recovery from the pandemic to accelerate investment and implementation in clean, green infrastructure and transport systems.     

    He emphasized that as we look forward to COP26, and this year’s other important conferences on energy, transport, biodiversity and food systems, let’s make 2021 a turning point – a make it or break it year.   


    On Monday, at 11:30 a.m., there will be a hybrid joint press conference with the Secretary-General and the Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization, Petteri Taalas. They will present the report on the State of the Global Climate in 2020.  

    According to the report, climate change indicators and impacts worsened last year. Last year was also one of the three warmest years on record, despite cooling effects of La Niña.  

    The report says that extreme weather combined with COVID-19 is a double blow for millions of people in 2020.


    This morning, in the General Assembly, the Secretary-General paid tribute to the memory of the late President of Tanzania, John Magufuli. 

    On behalf of the United Nations, he offered his condolences to the late President’s family, the Government and people of Tanzania.   

    The Secretary-General said that Tanzania have reached its ambition of becoming a middle-income country four years ahead of its 2025 goal. He reiterated the commitment of the Organization to continue working closely with the country’s new President, Samia Suhulu Hassan, the first female President in Tanzania.    

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