Copenhagen summit important for humanity and planet earth: Ban
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 00:16
  
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 Copenhagen Summit.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 09, 2009, 00:16


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