Nov. 16 (UPI) — The United Nations chief stated Monday that 2021 could possibly be the yr international locations ‘get it proper’ on local weather change by adopting plans to succeed in carbon neutrality.

U.N. Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres made the assertion to leaders in authorities, enterprise, expertise and academia gathered on the third annual digital Bloomberg New Financial system Discussion board.

“2021 have to be the yr of an excellent leap towards carbon neutrality,” Guterres stated. “Each nation, metropolis, monetary establishment and firm ought to undertake plans for transitioning to internet zero emissions by 2050.”

Guterres added international locations might deal with local weather change amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’re all rightly centered on responding to the pandemic. However as we try to beat one disaster, we’ve got a gap to handle one other,” Guterres stated. “The pandemic has proven that we will suppose huge and act huge within the face of an emergency. We have now essential choices to make within the weeks and months forward. Let’s get it proper.”

Not too long ago, the European Union, Japan, the Republic of Korea and over 110 different international locations pledged to succeed in the 2050 carbon neutrality aim, and China pledged to succeed in the identical aim by 2060, Guterres reported.

“By early 2021, international locations representing greater than 65% of world carbon dioxide emissions and greater than 70% of the world financial system are very prone to have made formidable commitments to carbon neutrality,” Guterres stated.