Speech of President of the Republic János Áder in New York at the opening of the High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Climate Change and Sustainable Development

What is the solution? It is not enough to improve the share of solar, wind, nuclear and hydro generation, we also have to improve energy intensity, in other words, we have to produce the same product using less energy, which means modern energy appliances and a technology change. Beside energy intensity we also have to improve carbon intensity, which means we have to use less and less fossil fuel for producing a unit of the GDP.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

The only sustainable economic growth will be the one, where the ratio of carbon-dioxide emission to unit of the national product will be gradually decreasing. The only sustainable economic growth will be the one, where we recycle waste as a raw material. The only sustainable economic growth will be the one, where beside the economic growth numbers, we also factor in so-called external costs.

I just said that the Paris Climate Agreement was in trouble. The UN Secretary General António Gutteres wants to help. We have to help the implementation of the Paris Agreement, we have to help the Secretary General of the UN, but most of all, we have to help ourselves.

In closing and thanking you for your attention, let me leave you the words of Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States of America, who led the country in perhaps the most difficult period of US history. President Lincoln said the following: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

Thank you for your attention, I wish you a successful conference.

(Edited version.)


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