UN chief to press for climate deal by 2015

Jan 22, 2013
Exhaust rises from cooling towers at the Neurath lignit coal-fired power station at Grevenbroich near Aachen, southern Germany on September 11, 2012. UN leader Ban Ki-moon said he will press world leaders to agree a binding deal against climate warming by 2015.

UN leader Ban Ki-moon said Tuesday he will press world leaders to agree a binding deal against climate warming by 2015.

There has to be a "strong, complete and binding" accord, Ban, who has stepped up warnings in recent months over the impact of accelerating temperature increases, told the UN General Assembly.

A UN conference in Doha last month extended the , the only binding pact on curbing , until 2020. But the accord excludes major polluters such as China, India and the United States, which refuses to ratify Kyoto.

Ban said mobilizing action on climate change is now a "priority."

"Next year I intend to invite the leaders of the world, both individually and collectively, to mobilize the necessary political determination to adopt by 2015 a strong complete and binding instrument on climate change," he said.

His comments came after US President vowed to make climate change a priority when he was sworn in Monday to a second term.

"We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations," Obama said.

Many scientists believe the Earth is set for warming that will be far above the two degrees Celsius target set by the United Nations when Kyoto was negotiated.

Explore further: Average temperature in Finland has risen by more than two degrees

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New Zealand won't sign 'Kyoto 2' climate treaty

Nov 09, 2012

(AP)—New Zealand's government said Friday that it would not sign on for a second stage of the Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, a stance that angered environmentalists and political opponents.

2015 climate 'roadmap' idea well received, says EU

Nov 06, 2011

The European Union's top climate diplomat said on Saturday the bloc's proposal for upcoming UN talks to lay down a new "roadmap" leading to a comprehensive global deal by 2015 has been well received.

AP Interview: UN chief blames rich for warming

Dec 05, 2012

(AP)—Rich countries are to blame for climate change and should take the lead in forging a global climate pact by 2015, a deadline that "must be met," the head of the United Nations said Wednesday.

UN signals delay in new climate change treaty

Oct 27, 2009

(AP) -- Just weeks before an international conference on climate change, the United Nations signaled it was scaling back expectations of reaching agreement on a new treaty to slow global warning.

UN climate chief warns on Kyoto Protocol deadline

Apr 04, 2011

Commitments by most developed countries to cut carbon emissions are likely to expire at the end of next year without a new round of legally binding pledges, the UN's climate chief warned Monday.

Recommended for you

Rising anger as Nicaragua canal to break ground

22 hours ago

As a conscripted soldier during the Contra War of the 1980s, Esteban Ruiz used to flee from battles because he didn't want to have to kill anyone. But now, as the 47-year-old farmer prepares to fight for ...

Hopes, fears, doubts surround Cuba's oil future

Dec 20, 2014

One of the most prolific oil and gas basins on the planet sits just off Cuba's northwest coast, and the thaw in relations with the United States is giving rise to hopes that Cuba can now get in on the action.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

VendicarD
3 / 5 (6) Jan 22, 2013
Where are the denialist Tards?

Have the Koch brothers stopped paying them or something?

I don't even smell their diapers.
Disprocelite
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 22, 2013
For those interested: you can find a presentation of 53 slides and texts of a seminar at the Free University of Brussels (ECCO Group) treating the urge to update our worldview adequately on From Knowledge Integration to Worldview.

Think Globally, Act Consciously!

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.