We can no longer defer the difficult decisions to future generations: Ban

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attended event with the Future We Want Champions.

If we continue on our present path for the next 20 years, we risk global catastrophe, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday at an event with "Future We Want Champions" in Beijing, China.

Mr. Ban said people simply do not recognize that the planet has limits and some of those limits have been exceeded such as carbon emissions.

He also said that 50 per cent of more food, 45 per cent of more energy and 30 per cent more water will be needed by 2032 to accommodate the world population.

"We can no longer defer the difficult decisions to future generations. We cannot afford to wait for Rio+40 or Rio+60. Time is not on our side, and we must act before it is too late. I have been saying that nature does not wait for human beings. Nature does not negotiate. They just go on their own way. We have to adapt and we have to prepare ourselves."

Duration 35"

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is on the first leg of a 10-day trip that will take him to China and South-eastern Europe.

Duration: 35″

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