• UN chief urges all countries to act swiftly on climate change


    UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday welcomed the latest report from a UN climate panel on the impacts of global warming, urging the international community to “make every effort needed” to reach a global legal agreement in this regard by 2015.

    A statement issued here by Ban’s spokesperson said Ban ” welcomes the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report on the impacts of climate change.”

    The report, which was released Monday in Yokohama, Japan, concluded that the world is largely ill-prepared for climate- related risks.

    “The secretary-general urges all countries to act swiftly and boldly at every level, to bring ambitious announcements and actions to the Climate Summit on 23 September 2014 and to make every effort needed to reach a global legal climate agreement by 2015,” said the statement.

    In the statement, the UN chief also noted that managing the risks of climate change will be increasingly difficult with higher levels of warming.

    “To reduce these risks, substantial reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions must be made, along with smart strategies and actions to improve disaster preparedness and reduce exposure to events caused by climate change,” Ban said.

    The IPCC, established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988, on Monday issued its latest report, saying the effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across the oceans.

    The report, titled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, from Working Group II of the IPCC, told in great details about the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.

    According to the IPCC, the report involved the work of 309 authors and review editors selected from 70 countries. PNA


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