Swedish campaigner Greta Thunberg has made a intense speech to the world leaders at the United Nations, accusing them of failing to act on climate change.
“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean, yet you all come to us young people for hope. How dare you?” an emotional Thunberg said at the UN summit in New York..
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” added while urging world leaders to act urgently.
UN Secretary General António Guterres, who organised the meet said the world was “in a deep climate hole” and that urgent action was needed. Close to 60 world leaders attended the one-day meeting organised by him.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would double to €4bn (£3.5bn; $4.4bn) it financial commitment to fight global warming.
French President Emmanuel Macron said international organisations had pledged to release $500m in additional aid to protect tropical forests.
Guterres earlier said that countries could only speak at the summit if they came with action plans to cut carbon emissions. Brazil and Saudi Arabia are among the two major countries staying away.
US President Donald Trump, a climate change sceptic, had not been expected at the meeting but was spotted in the audience.
The summit comes days after several million people took part in a global climate strike led by youth activists.
Ahead of the meeting, scientists warned the signs and impacts of global warming were speeding up.