We must reach a climate agreement by 2015: PGA

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John W. Ashe

"We have to be realistic and we cannot afford to ignore the harsh realities that the climate change challenge brings to the overall task of sustainable development for all", President of the UN General Assembly John Ashe told the High-Level segment of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Poland Tuesday.

He warned that we've now entered the era of super storms noting that the human tragedies and ravages such storms and typhoons bring are part of our daily vernacular.

“However, we in this room must never ever become inured to this. What is the point of focusing on providing jobs, livelihoods, education, and healthcare, if one storm – or maybe future super storms – wipes it all away in a few hours? What does the loss of valuable and endemic biodiversity – caused by rising sea-levels and inundation of fragile coastal zones that provide livelihoods for millions of the poor – mean for all of us in this room?”

General Assembly President John Ashe asked: Have we made enough of an effort or are our efforts being slowly undermined by desertification that renders already arid lands increasingly unusable and makes ensuring food security even more difficult?

And he stressed that all delegates in the room representing the UN family, must reach an agreement by 2015! Period.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’27″

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