UN leader arrives in New Zealand on climate change trip

António Guterres receives a powhiri at Government House in Auckland

"With great urgency we call upon Member States to come to NY in September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020 and in support to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals".

"The paradox is that as things are getting worse on the ground, political will seems to be fading", he said.

"Engaging our young people to build inter-generational climate action is paramount to combating climate change", said Mr Shaw.

Guterres was in New Zealand Sunday - kicking off a tour of South Pacific nations, ahead of a UN climate change summit in NY in September.

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On Wednesday, the New Zealand government submitted to the parliament the Zero Carbon Bill which outlines the country's plan over the next 30 years on climate change and aims to reduce greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050.

The Minister and the Secretary-General were invited to attend an event in Auckland to talk with youth leaders on climate change issues.

Mr Sailele, who has previously blasted countries for ignoring the warnings, added that rising sea levels is not just an issue for the Pacific, but for those very same "bigger countries" as well.

A pollution tax was one of the recommendations the Tax Working Group suggested the Government implement in its final report, released in February this year. I'm extremely grateful to the leadership of New Zealand in this regard and extremely grateful to the leadership to the youth in New Zealand in this regard.

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"To pay tribute to their courage, to their resilience but also to pay tribute to extraordinary unity and to the message of solidarity that was given by the people and the government of New Zealand", TVNZ reported.

Guterres normally visits a Muslim country during Ramadan, but in this instance has chosen to visit the Muslim community in Christchurch.

He expressed his support for Ardern's call to crack down on misusing social media to promote terrorism and extremism.

"Today's meeting was a platform for robust discussion, to share concerns and ideas, and to reiterate New Zealand's commitment to combating climate change".

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It comes as Secretary-General António Guterres has warned that the world is "not on track" to achieve objectives set out in the Paris Agreement.

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