UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged “bold” actions by countries around the world to reduce greenhouse emissions and fight global warming.
“Many of the solutions we need already exist. Many others are being rapidly developed. But we need to deploy them at a scale that matches the challenge,” said the U.N. chief.
“We are rapidly approaching dangerous thresholds,” warned the secretary-general. “The longer we delay, the more we will pay.”
Mr. Ban explained that climate action now means a number of benefits for everyone across the globe.
“The benefits of addressing climate change include reduced pollution, improved public health, fewer disasters, less poverty, cleaner, more efficient and affordable energy, better managed forests, livable cities and increased food security,” he said.
Mr. Ban added that in order to gain these benefits, climate action needs global cooperation, especially in the areas of finance, investment, and technology sharing.
He also invited governments to join the upcoming Climate Summit which is “designed to shape a collective ambitions vision anchored in concrete action” that will convene in New York this September 23.
“I am inviting Heads of State and Government, along with mayors and senior representatives from business, finance and civil society, to join a ‘race to the top’,” he said.
“I am asking them to announce bold commitments and actions that will catalyze the transformative change we need. The summit will focus on solutions.”