UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the climate change event at the UN this week. In his address, he expressed the need for governmental leaders to stop doubting climate change and its impact on the environment noting the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has, without a doubt, affirmed the warming of our climate and its links to human activity.

“The scientists have very clearly outlined the severity of the problem. Their message is quite simple: we know enough to act; if we do not act now the impact of climate change will be devastating; and we have affordable measures and technologies to begin addressing the problem right now,” said the Secretary General. “What we do not have is time. The time for action is now.”

The Secretary General also stated in his address that climate change was being felt most by those who are least able to cope.

“Climate change is a serious threat to development everywhere. Indeed, the adverse impacts of climate change could undo much of the investment made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. ut it is not a zero-sum game. By being creative, we can reduce emissions while promoting economic growth. This is our opportunity to advance sustainable development; encourage new kinds of cleaner technologies, industries, and jobs, and integrate climate change risks into national policies and practices,” said Ban Ki-moon.

He encouraged industrialized countries to take national action but stressed national action alone would not be enough. He wanted a global framework with guarantees of the “highest level of international cooperation.” He also stressed his disappointment at the slow progress of negotiations between the nations.

The UN Framework Convention in Bali in December will include the following parameters: enhanced leadership by the industrialized countries on emission reductions, incentives for developing countries to act without sacrificing economic growth or poverty reduction, significantly increased support for adaptation in developing countries, strengthened technology development and dissemination, and new approaches to financing.

“United by our common interests in achieving sustainable development goals, aspiring to fulfilling lives in a healthy and productive environment, destined to share the custodianship of planet Earth, we hold the future in our hands. Together, we must ensure that out grandchildren will not have to ask why we failed to do the right thing and left them to suffer the consequences,” said Ki-moon. “So let’s send a clear and collective signal to the people everywhere. Today let the world know that you are ready to shoulder the responsibility and that you will address this challenge head on.”




  1. 1 Dave Hampton October 1, 2007 at 8:29 am

    With Angela Merkel helpfully backing the notion of equal per capita emissions rights, to bring all nations to the table, and with Ban Ki-moon helpfully stressing the urgent rate of CO2 reduction required globally, it rather looks as if the necessity, inevitability and desirability of the C&C framework is likely to come to fruition.
    If not now, when? If not C&C, what? C&C provides an intelligent basis for fair future carbon targets and trajectories to be generated and refined together, within a political process, and in a manner that is compatible with securing life itself. Let’s hope they give C&C full backing. (C&C – the global framework to counteract catsatrophic climate change and The only future is with C&C.

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