Ban urges world leaders to take action to save the planet

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday the world is in crisis and urged global leaders to take action to save the planet, prevent conflicts, and support Mideast and North African nations in their quest for democracy.

In a report to the General Assembly titled "WE THE PEOPLES", the Secretary-General pointed to generational opportunities to shape the world of tomorrow by the decisions we make today.

He said the first and greatest of these is sustainable development — the imperative of the 21st century.

Secretary-General: Saving our planet … lifting people out of poverty … advancing economic growth — these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women's empowerment .Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all. Rio+20 must succeed. We must make progress on climate change.

NAR: Secretary-General Ban said "we cannot burn our way to the future. We cannot pretend the danger does not exist — or dismiss it because it affects someone else.

He said a second great opportunity: prevention; a third imperative: building a safer and more secure world; Fourth: Support the nations in transition and fifth: dramatically advance our efforts in every sphere by working with — and working for — women and young people.

Secretary-General: We need one thing above all else — solidarity. That begins with the obvious: without resources, we cannot deliver. Today, I ask governments that have traditionally borne the lion's share of the costs to not flag in their generosity. Budgets are tight. Yet we also know that investing through the UN is smart policy. Burden-sharing makes the load lighter. Scaling back is no answer. To the rising powers among you, whose dynamism increasingly drives the global economy — with power comes responsibility.

NAR: Secretary-General Ban concluded that Seven billion people now look to — the world's leaders. He said they need solutions. They demand leadership. They want leaders to act- with compassion, courage and conviction.

This is Donn Bobb reporting.

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