Washington: Expressing hope about securing
a "robust" climate change deal at the crucial Copenhagen
summit, UN chief Ban Ki-Moon on Tuesday said that the conference
was important for humanity and planet earth.
"We`ve come a long way in just two years` time. But
what we do now, over the next two weeks in Copenhagen, will
determine how we fare. This will be crucially important for
the future of humanity, and even for the planet Earth. Now we
must sprint across the finish line," Ban told reporters at the
UN headquarters in New York.
Ban said he expects a robust deal at the summit that
will be effective immediately and include recommendations on
mitigation, adaptation, finance and technology.
This agreement will have an immediate operational
effect as soon as it is agreed, he said.
"I am encouraged and I am optimistic," Ban said.
"Copenhagen can and must be the turning point in the
world`s efforts to prevent runaway climate change and usher in
a new era of green growth for all. From all corners of the
globe we see unprecedented momentum for a deal," he said.
The Secretary General said as many as 105 Heads of
State and Government including US President Barack Obama and
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would be attending the