Addressing COP20 delegates in Lima yesterday, the Secretary–General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, urged governments to deliver a “balanced, well-structured, and coherent” draft of a new global climate agreement, for sign-off in Paris next year.
Ki-moon also called on countries to declare, by the first quarter of 2015, what their contribution to reducing emissions would be, and to determine how financial assistance to developing countries will be ratcheted up to US$100 billion a year by 2020.
Ki-moon said that the poor and those in vulnerable parts of the world, such as the small islands of the Pacific, needed a strong commitment from the wealthy to enable them to deal with a rapidly changing climate.
Climate change, the Secretary–General said, was inseparable from economic development, and he warned that to divorce the two was to risk undermining progress.
“The planet has a fever. We can no longer burn our way to prosperity,” Mr Ban said.
“We have a responsibility to future generations. We simply must find cleaner ways of powering progress.”
Holding the position since 2007, Ban Ki-moon gives advice to global leaders.