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UN Secretary-General António Guterres called on all leaders to New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.
In order to ensure that the transformative actions in the real economy are as impactful as possible, the Secretary-General has prioritized the action portfolios, which are recognized as having high potential to curb greenhouse gas emissions and increased global action on adaptation and resilience. One of the secondary key areas includes Youth Engagement and Public Mobilization, where people especially youth is beingmobilized worldwide to take action on climate change and ensure that young people are integrated and represented across all aspects of the Climate Summit.
In response to this from 20-27 September 2019, record 7.6 million people took to the streets and strike for climate action making it the biggest climate mobilization in history. From Jakarta to New York, Islamabad to Amman, Berlin to Kampala, Istanbul to Québec, Guadalajara to Asunción, in big cities and small villages, millions of people joined hands and raised their voices in defense of the climate. The Global Climate Strike showed that youth have the power that is required to create a just world and to end the era of fossil fuels. Students of SZABIST Islamabad Campus, BBA programme also participated in this strike on the 20th of September 2019 to showcase the strong stance of SZABIST towards climate action. We at SZABIST believe that accelerated climate solutions can strengthen our economies and create jobs, while bringing cleaner air, preserving natural habitats and biodiversity, and protecting our environment.