Climate change is a "clear and present danger" to humankind says UN chief

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon attends Ministerial Dialogue on Sustainable Development . UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned on Friday that climate change is the greatest threat to development all over the world.

The Secretary-General spoke in Washington D.C. where he met with public and private donors on the sidelines of the meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

Secretary-General Ban said that with less than 1,000 days left before the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, success is in sight.

But, he added, the work will not be finished in 2015 and a separate but equally important work by governments is to have a legally binding global agreement on climate change by that year.

"Climate change is the greatest threat, clear and present danger to our humankind, to our planet earth and it is also a threat to our development plans and objectives and the health of economies large and small in all regions. The poor and vulnerable are the ones most hit and targeted but no nation will be immune." (27")

The Secretary-General said that next year he is convening a high-level meeting in New York and inviting leaders to engage in providing solutions that can deliver an ambitious agreement.

Gerry Adams, United Nations.

Duration: 1'23"

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