UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned international society about the serious global situation caused by pollution and climate change.
Guterres sat down for an exclusive interview with NHK on Thursday in Yokohama, where he attended a meeting of the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD.
He expressed grave concerns about global warming, which he said is causing more frequent major natural disasters including severe droughts.
The UN chief said that as a result, many people are forced to migrate and may fall victim to human trafficking.
Guterres warned that the world is already in a dramatic climate emergency and humans are losing the race.
He said the combination of pollution and climate change is killing about 7 million people per year, and stressed the need to reverse the trends.
Guterres also referred to 16-year-old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg, who crossed the Atlantic in a zero-emissions yacht and has inspired young people to be more aware of global warming.
Guterres said young people are pushing politicians everywhere to make them deliver on climate action.
He added that he hopes the UN Climate Action Summit next month will help people win the race to make climate change controllable.