U.S. initiative to limit emissions welcomed by UN officials

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Barack Obama. UN Photo/Evan Schneider

An initiative announced by United States President Barack Obama on Monday to limit emissions from United States power plants has been welcomed by the United Nations Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon said the initiative is a significant step toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions and called on other world leaders to accelerate their efforts to reduce emissions.

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

"The Secretary-General welcomes the important initiative announced today by President Obama to limit emissions from the United States' power plants, calling it a significant step toward reducing global greenhouse gas emissions that are disrupting the climate, exacerbating extreme weather patterns, and threatening human health, sustainable economic growth and development. The Secretary-General calls on all countries to accelerate their efforts to reduce emissions and strengthen adaptation and resilience." (28")

The head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres, also welcomed President Barack Obama's new initiative.

She said "it will send a good signal to nations everywhere that one of the world's biggest emitters is taking the future of the planet and its people seriously"

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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