Climate Change: UN’s Ban Ki-moon Calls For Urgent Action

CO2 emissionsUnited Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon pressed world leaders gathered at the United Nations on September 22, 2009 to speed up their action on global warming and preserve the planet for future generations. The summit at the UN headquarters in New York is the largest ever on climate change, with more than 100 heads of state in attendance. It takes place just under 80 days before a crucial Copenhagen conference, where nations are aiming to wrap up negotiations on a new agreement to curb greenhouse gas emissions that would go into effect in 2012 when the Kyoto Protocol expires.

Ban Ki-moon visited the Arctic region earlier in September 2009 and saw first hand the rapid impact of climate change. In his speech to the General Assembly today, he expressed his frustration and regret over the slow speed of negotiations and urged world leaders to take the long view in order to meet their people’s needs.

“Climate change is the pre-eminent geopolitical and economic issue of the 21th century. It rewrites the global equation for development, peace and security. The ones who claim that addressing global warming comes at too high of a price are wrong. The opposite is true, we will pay an unacceptable price if we don’t act now. Not sealing the deal in Copenhagen would be morally inexcusable, economically short sighted and politically unwise. Climate change will increase pressure on water, food and land. It will reverse years of development gains and exacerbate poverty, as well as destabilize fragile states and topple governments. Now is the moment to act, the world’s leading scientists warn that we have less than 10 years to avoid the worst cast scenarios,” said Ban Ki-moon.

Following Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, United States President Barack Obama addressed the UN and declared a new era of American action on climate change.

“We understand the gravity of climate threat. We are determined to act and we will assume our responsibility to future generations. Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it- boldly, swiftly and together- we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe. The time we have to reverse this tide is running out,” said President Obama.

Despite a good speech, what remains to be seen is if the Obama administration has the political will to put enough pressure on the US Senate to pass a comprehensive bill to curb CO2 emissions using a high enough carbon tax on polluters. Although the house has already passed a bill to limit greenhouse gases, Senate actions are likely to fade until 2010. We may expect the oil and coal companies to exercise their considerable  lobbying powers at full tilt to kill the bill or make it as meaningless as possible in terms of carbon tax.


One Response to Climate Change: UN’s Ban Ki-moon Calls For Urgent Action

  1. hsr0601 September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    1. About two thirds of deficit in the U.S. accrue from oil import.

    2. As with “Inaction” cost, $9trillion over the next decade in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, supposedly the same is of inaction on the 21st energy bill to determine war & peace, catastrophe & prosperity. For the global economy to reign in the runaway price of fossil fuels, “Sustainable Option” will be indispensable.

    3. Looking to worthless, painful and wasteful oil wars, namely, the “Original Source” of this great recession, to waste time bickering over meaningless things and drag feet on a defining energy bill are sure to shake the embryonic effect of stimulus package that is an interim measure for build-out of a new foundation.

    4. As the overall oil reserve in Middle East, let alone the rest of oil-producing areas, is on the decline more than known, the region blessed with affluent sun rays also needs to ready for a new groundwork, particularly in this context AEU is beginning to concentrate on future energy and Iranian EV is rolling out recently, the countries in the region will never stand still on the occupation, that means no matter what the result is, the repetitious mistake at the cost of invaluable lives and gigantic spending will end up with a heartbreaking tragedy once again.

    5. Facing a sharp downturn in fossil fuels all over the world, the world-wide overpopulation growing consistently is using up tremendous fossil fuels at an alarming pace. Especially when the own conventional resources in some dense countries is facing drastic dent, it adds up explicitly.

    6. For that reason, it is widely accepted that the price of fossil fuels is expected to go up and up simply, which is behind all but major states taking a bold and speedy action in a bid to put the global economy on a sustainable and solid ground.

    7. Thankfully and interestingly enough, 100s of Companies (with $13 Trillion) Are Demanding Strong Climate Deal in Copenhagen just like environmental activists, a coalition of more than 500 Global Businesses is also demanding ambitious new climate deal, and the report by Blair and the Climate Group, a London-based nonprofit organization, found a climate-change accord among all countries would spur economic growth and create as many as 10 million jobs by 2020.

    8. Currently, a 21st energy bill has passed the House and is making its way through Senate. According to CBO, this bill known as more progressive generally would trim budget deficit by $24.4 billion of a net gain.

    9. I think the world is eagerly looking forward to Americans’ participation, and if it were not for world-wide massive job creation, the world can not pull the economy out of this recession successfully.

    10. I’d say only science and innovation can meet this challenge, and the science enough for all around the globe to live in harmony is awaiting final assembly by way of innovation. It seems to me that this great recession is pitching us a serious lesson to make sure we build a bridge for future generations, otherwise, our generation, too, is falling off the cliff.

    Thank You !

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