Work together to fight terrorism and climate change, Ban urges G20

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon arrives at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey,on 15 November 2015. UN Photo/ Eskinder Debebe

World leaders must work together to fight terrorism and the harmful effects of climate change, said the UN Secretary-General at the G20 summit in Turkey.

Following the "barbaric" terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night Ban Ki-moon said that terrorism was a "threat to all mankind" but he also asked leading politicians to focus on the upcoming COP21 climate change conference.

Matthew Wells reports.

Mr Ban told a news conference on Sunday at the summit of the world's 20 leading economies, the G20, that there needed to be a "robust" response to the horrific attacks in Paris which killed at least 129 people. 

But he also noted the dozens killed by other attacks in Beirut and Baghdad in recent days, which were also claimed by the extremist group, ISIL. 

He cautioned against an over-reaction to the terrorist outrage, otherwise, he said, "we will only fan the fire we are trying to put out." 

The UN, he said, was busy preparing a comprehensive Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism, which he will present soon. 

On Syria and the Middle East in general, he said there was a "growing global call for a recovery plan", that might resemble the billion-dollar Marshall Plan bailout for Europe, following the Second World War. 

But with the COP21 climate change conference only a few weeks away from opening in Paris, he said the priority of trying to agree a limit to greenhouse gas emissions should not be over-looked. 

World leaders of the G20, needed to step in immediately to help move forward final negotiations between their own teams, for the sake of progress he said. 

"They need clear guidance from you," he told a working lunch on climate and development, adding "there is no time left." 

Matthew Wells, United Nations.

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