23th September 2014

Speech of President of the Republic János Áder at the International Climate Summit held at the UN Headquarters

Esteemed Secretary General,
Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

The last time that Hungary, the country I come from was given a taste of climate change was two weeks ago. The flash floods of September washed away roads, bridges, railway lines, made homes uninhabitable and wiped out crops in many places.

Countries of the Central-Eastern European region, where I come from have felt the impacts of climate change directly during the past years. In Serbia, the rains in May caused more extensive damages than the war in the 1990s.

Allmost every country of Europe, the continent where I live received its share of warning signals. Let us only recall England, where huge floods caused carnage and devastation in January.

Earth, the Blue Planet on which we live has been warning us here and there, from week to week. She has been telling us that that decades of responsibility should follow the decades of irresponsibility.

It is not only nature, that has been warning us, it is not only our environment telling us week to week, month to month but also hundreds of scientists have cautioned us and continue to do so, saying that this cannot go on like this. The path that we are taking is not the path of sustainable development, but that of unsustainability. May I just quote one figure: despite all the conferences, all related political intent and declarations, atmospheric concentration of CO2 has increased by 30% during the past 25 years.

In his opening remarks Secretary General Ban Ki Mun said: "We are not here to talk. We are here to make history."


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