UN chief welcomes outcome of climate change conference in Warsaw

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Warsaw Climate Change Conference – November 2013

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the outcome of the conference on climate change which concluded in Warsaw, Poland on Saturday.

For the past two weeks government representatives have been discussing measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to global warming causing climate change.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General says "the decisions adopted in Warsaw serve as an important stepping stone toward a universal legal agreement by 2015."

He welcomes the decision by the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to intensify immediate actions to fight climate change and to come forward with their national contribution to the agreement well before its finalization in 2015.

The Secretary-General says "much more needs to be done over the coning two years to achieve the ambitious agreement necessary to keep the global temperature below two degrees Celsius."

"To further increase global ambition and advance concrete climate action, the Secretary-General looks forward to hosting a Climate Summit in September 2014" the statement adds.

It says Mr. Ban "has asked world leaders, as well as leaders from business, finance, local government and civil society, to bring bold announcements and actions that will lead to significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions and strengthened adaptation and resilience efforts."

The Secretary-General thanked Poland for successfully hosting the UN Conference on Climate Change, known as COP 19.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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