Antonio Guterres hears from leaders at Fiji summit who warn the region is facing an unprecedented global catastrophe.

Governments around the world must introduce carbon taxes, halt plans for new coal plants and accelerate the closure of existing ones if damage to the Pacific from climate change is to be limited, the UN secretary general has told Pacific leaders on his first visit to the region.

Guterres met leaders of Pacific countries in Fiji, on a trip that will also see him visit Vanuatu, considered one of the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters due to climate change, and Tuvalu, which is at risk of sinking under rising waters.

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UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said Pacific islands were ‘on the frontline of climate change’. Photograph: Sean Gallagher/The Guardian