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Climate change: UN leader calls for urgent action




Nusa Dua, 12 Dec. (AKI) - The United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon has called for urgent international action to stop global warming.

Speaking at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Bali, Ban called climate change “the moral challenge of our generation”.

“Succeeding generations depend on us. We cannot rob our children of their future,” he said.

He said immediate measures are imperative, not only to agree on a protocol to replace the Kyoto Protocol when it expires in 2012 but because of the severity of the situation.

“Any delay could push us past the tipping point beyond which the ecological, financial and human costs increase dramatically.”

More than 140 ministers and senior government officials from around the world have gathered in Bali for the UN climate change conference which is to establish a framework for a new global deal.

More than 11,000 people are attending the conference which is the latest UN climate change meeting ever held. 

The Bali talks aim to start two years of formal negotiations ending with agreement on a new global pact to fight global warming when Kyoto’s first phase expires in 2012.

The newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd handed documents to Ban confirming his government's ratification of the Kyoto Protocol.

"The community of nations must reach agreement," he told delegates.

The Australian decision leaves the US as the only industrialised nation still refusing to endorse Kyoto.

Final details are also being established at the Bali conference on an innovative fund to help developing countries adapt to climate change.

The fund is expected to provide between 80 million and 300 million dollars annually for adaptation between 2008 and 2012, which is also the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol.

Other issues in Bali that are still unresolved include reducing emissions from deforestation, the implementation of practical adaptation actions and the transfer of clean technologies to developing countries.


 

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