India urged to play leadership role on climate change agreement

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (centre right) inaugurates the Canal Top Solar Power Plant, in Gujarat, India. UN Photo/Mark Garten

India has been urged ng urged to play a leading role in securing an international climate change agreement due later this year.

The appeal was made by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday as he wrapped up his visit to India.

Speaking at the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr Ban applauded India for the initiatives it has taken to promote renewable energy and expressed the hope that other countries will emulate it.

"At the same time I expect, as one of the most critically important Member States of the UN, and one of the fastest growing economies, India should lead this campaign to address climate change so that we will be able to have a universal and meaningful climate change agreement in Paris in December." (28")

The Secretary-General said that addressing climate change is a moral and political responsibility.

He added that young people are expecting leaders to create a sustainable future for them.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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