Rutte at the United Nations on climate agreements: “We have strayed off course” | Domestic

The next climate summit in Dubai must provide a “course correction” to continue achieving the Paris goals. Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte made the call at the United Nations General Assembly.

The meeting in the United Arab Emirates will take place in two months and “we already know that we have gone way off course,” Rutte said. According to him, an agreement must be found in Dubai to return to the path of limiting the rise in temperatures to a maximum of 1.5 degrees as agreed in Paris. “Otherwise, the consequences will be disastrous.”

The Prime Minister will participate in the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday. From the cabinet, outgoing ministers Bruins Slot (Foreign Affairs), Schreinemacher (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation), Kuipers (Public Health, Social Protection and Sport) and State Secretary Van Huffelen (Kingdom Relations and Digitalization) are also present at the UNGA.

Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. © Mike Segar/Reuters

“It’s also your war”

Rutte also called on countries not to hesitate to support Ukraine. “This is also your war,” Rutte stressed. “This war affects everyone.” He stressed, among other things, that the most vulnerable countries are hit by the rise in food prices due to the war. Indeed, Russia opposes grain exports from Ukraine.

The Prime Minister understands that countries are hesitant to support Ukraine. “At the UN, some interests have carried more weight than others for too long. » But Russia's behavior “goes against everything we stand for at the UN.” The General Assembly is precisely intended, in moments like these, to “remind us of our responsibilities”.

Rutte also has a meeting with Secretary-General Guterres at the UN and bilateral consultations with various government leaders. In the evening, the Prime Minister will have dinner in New York with representatives of Dutch innovative companies and foreign partners.