Ban calls for political will to tackle the climate change crisisListen /
In Doha, governments have been asked to focus on five key deliverables which could sustain and accelerate momentum towards an effective, universal climate agreement by 2015.
The call comes from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Among those deliverables he says, the first is the adoption of a ratifiable second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol which was adopted in Kyoto, japan in 1997 and aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and the presence of greenhouse gases.
” Second, progress on long-term climate finance to mobilize $100 billion dollars a year by 2020 from public and private funding. Third, fully equipping the Green Climate Fund and the Climate Technology Centre and Network. Fourth, demonstrating that negotiations on a global and legally binding instrument, by 2015, remain on track. And fifth, closing the gap between mitigation pledges and what is required to achieve the two degrees target.”
Secretary-General Ban warns that the window of opportunity to avoid dangerous warming is closing. But while it is not too late, governments' actions need to match the scale of the challenge.
Donn Bobb, United Nations