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Planet's future at stake - Ban

2011-12-06 16:19

Durban - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged deadlocked climate talks in Durban to work urgently for solutions, saying the future of the planet was at stake.

"It would be difficult to overstate the gravity of this moment," Ban said at the start of a four-day meeting of the world's environment ministers.

"Without exaggeration, we can say: the future of our planet is at stake - people's lives, the health of the global economy, the very survival of some nations."

The 12-day talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been hamstrung by a row over the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the world's only legally-binding treaty for curbing greenhouses gases blamed for climate change.

"I urge you to carefully consider a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol," Ban said.

Pointing to economic problems and "abiding political differences" about how to tackle climate change, the UN chief said everyone had to be "realistic" about the chances of a breakthrough in Durban.

"It may be true, as many say: the ultimate goal of a comprehensive and binding climate-change agreement may be beyond our reach, for now," Ban said.

"Yet let me emphasise: None of these uncertainties should prevent us from making real progress here in Durban."

Comments
  • Robin - 2011-12-06 16:38

    Our planet is going to keep on turning with or without Ban,his cronies, Greenpeace, Sierra and all the rest of the rent-a-crowd. No amount of cash in their coffers will attenuate, alleviate, stop or turn around the natural processes of nature!

  • Nicholas - 2011-12-06 16:43

    We are visitors on this planet and should be looking after it regardless. We must learn to live with the changes that are foisted upon us by nature. Whatever happens in Durban and however many billions end up in peoples pockets in the name of "greening" is not going to make any difference to this cycle we are experiencing.

  • henkjzeeman - 2011-12-06 17:54

    ...nature has more natural integrity than any of the people talking about it in Durban. Thank God for that.

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