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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on all governments to ban fossil fuel advertising.

“Many governments restrict or prohibit advertising for products that harm human health, like tobacco,” he said in a major New York speech.

“I urge every country to ban advertising from fossil-fuel companies. And I urge news media and tech companies to stop taking fossil-fuel advertising.”

Guterres also attacked fossil-fuel firms for “distorting the truth, deceiving the public and sowing doubt” about climate science and demanded public relations and media companies to cut ties with oil, gas and coal.

“I call on these companies to stop acting as enablers to planetary destruction. Stop taking on new fossil-fuel clients, from today, and set out plans to drop your existing ones. Fossil fuels are not only poisoning our planet – they’re toxic for your brand.”