UN chief underlines need to tackle climate change

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Tackling climate change will help to promote sustainable development, according to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

He told an event on climate change organized at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Friday that climate change has been on the global agenda for many years but there hasn't been "satisfactory progress" on how to tackle it because of "differences of national interests".

Mr. Ban said there has also been a misperception that climate change will not affect the capacity to achieve global growth and meet the Millennium Development Goals.

"Tackling climate change will first of all enable us to have universal access to energy. It will strengthen our capacity to resilient infrastructure. It will also help our global health, sustainable urban transportation, biodiversity and it will also help us to address climate change short lived pollutants." (26")

Secretary-General Ban said it is important to invest in all these efforts and that is why he's convening a Climate Change Summit at the United Nations in September.

He plans to invite leaders from the government, business, civil society and philanthropic sectors to the meeting that will be only dedicated to climate change.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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