Now is the time to take action to prevent climate change, said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. He made the remarks in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Global Environment Forum 2009 held at Songdo Convensia in Songdo International City, Incheon on Aug. 11.
The Global Environment Forum was held for two days until Aug. 12 under the theme of prospects for the earth environment in the 21st century and low carbon and green growth for sustainable development. It was under the joint sponsorship of Incheon City, the Organizing Committee of the Global Fair & Festival Incheon, and the Chosun Ilbo.
Ban said courage and leadership are needed to overcome the adversity called climate change -- the root cause of poverty, disease, famine, security fears, and the energy crisis.
Ban also touched on the 15th UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark in December. He said that the future of mankind depends on our choices, and that it is necessary to achieve a fair and effective consensus under any circumstances based on trust between developed and developing nations.
He, meanwhile, reiterated the importance of setting a medium-term goal for 2020, regardless of the agreement reached at the G8 summit in July on reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050. He asked countries of the world, including Korea, to set a more ambitious goal.
He also called on leaders of the world to exercise leadership in this regard, pledging to host a climate summit to discuss this issue.