Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

President Robert Mugabe emerges from house arrest

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Harassment and hypocrisy in Washington

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Military pressures Robert Mugabe to step down, Macron mediates Lebanon crisis

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France raises a glass to tourism

Read more

FOCUS

France's newest political party accused of 'old' methods

Read more

#THE 51%

Hear me roar: The growing economic power of older women

Read more

#TECH 24

The future of surgery

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

The tiny parasite threatening your salmon sushi

Read more

ENCORE!

Director Joachim Trier: True horror is a 'lack of self-acceptance'

Read more

Planète

UN chief calls for 'real progress' at climate talks

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-12-06

UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged environment ministers gathered for 12 days of talks on climate change in Durban to make progress, warning that "the future of our planet is at stake". Talks have deadlocked over the future of the Kyoto Protocol.

AFP - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged deadlocked climate talks in Durban to work urgently for solutions, saying the future of the planet was at stake.

"It would be difficult to overstate the gravity of this moment," Ban said at the start of a four-day meeting of the world's environment ministers.

"Without exaggeration, we can say: the future of our planet is at stake -- people's lives, the health of the global economy, the very survival of some nations."

The 12-day talks under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been hamstrung by a row over the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the world's only legally-binding treaty for curbing greenhouses gases blamed for climate change.

"I urge you to carefully consider a second commitment period under the Kyoto Protocol," Ban said.

Pointing to economic problems and "abiding political differences" about how to tackle climate change, the UN chief said everyone had to be "realistic" about the chances of a breakthrough in Durban.

"It may be true, as many say: the ultimate goal of a comprehensive and binding climate-change agreement may be beyond our reach, for now," Ban said.

"Yet let me emphasise: None of these uncertainties should prevent us from making real progress here in Durban."

Date created : 2011-12-06

  • ENVIRONMENT

    UN climate change summit gets underway in Durban

    Read more

  • Climate change

    Thousands march in Durban calling for 'climate justice'

    Read more

  • CLIMATE

    World feels heat of global warming

    Read more

COMMENT(S)