20 November 2013

UN Secretary General urges the G20 to lead international efforts to tackle global warming

The G20 and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries should lead international efforts aimed to combat the climate change and to strike a new global agreement on this issue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said after the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland.

The UN Secretary General stressed that the developed - the G20 and the OECD members in particular - countries should lead by example and spearhead this campaign since they have the potential and resources for this.

Ban Ki-moon also drew the attention of national leaders to a number of initiatives aimed to ensure energy sustainability for all, and to help develop green economy, including through reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He mentioned that global demand for renewable energy continued to rise very sharply, and that it might be possible to narrow down the emissions gap between the developed and the developing countries.

The UN Secretary General also expressed hope that the countries would be able to finalize a new global agreement on climate change. He also urged all parties who had not yet done so to ratify the commitments for the second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol, and noted the importance of complying with the climate change mitigation and adaptation related financial commitments.