UN urges support of Asian nations for "strong" universal climate agreement

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A view of some of Kyon Da’s structures on the Irrawaddy Delta, Myanmar. Kyon Da underwent recovery and reconstruction work following the aftermath of May 2008′s Cyclone Nargis. UN Photo/Mark Garten

The UN Secretary-General told Asian leaders on Wednesday that he's counting on their support for a strong climate agreement in 2015.

Ban Ki-moon was speaking at a joint UN and ASEAN Summit in Myanmar's capital, Nay Pyi Daw.

Myanmar is chairing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for the very first time.

2015 is also a crucial year for the international community to usher in a new era of sustainable development, Mr Ban added.

"We are looking for a strong agreement on climate change. A two-degree increase in global temperatures poses a severe threat to many countries, and particularly coastal cities, in this region. We count on your support at the Conference of Parties in Lima, Peru, next month and in Paris, France, next year."  (24″)

The Summit will include not only the 10 ASEAN nations but also the US, China, Russia and India.

Prospects for a new climate agreement received a boost after the United States and China both announced their contributions to keep the global temperature rise under two degrees.

The two countries are the world's largest and biggest emitters of greenhouse gas emissions

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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