UNITED NATIONS, November 2 (RIA Novosti) — Launching the Synthesis Report of the Fifth Assessment Intergovernmental Panel Climate Change (IPCC) on Sunday in Copenhagen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for quick and decisive action to limit global warming.
"Let's work together to make this world, our only planet earth, sustainable economically, socially and environmentally for our succeeding generations. Let us preserve our only planet earth in a sustainable way," Ban urged.
Ban said the new report makes three points, that "human influence on the climate system is clear – and clearly growing, that we must act quickly and decisively if we want to avoid increasingly destructive outcomes and that we have the means to limit climate change and build a better future."
Referring back to the march and summit in New York this September, Ban said "IPCC provided the scientific foundation for the successful Climate Summit that I hosted in New York this September. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in New York City and other major cities around the world to demand climate action."
Ban added that "as I am not a scientist, I am not able to speak in a scientific way. That is why during the last eight years as Secretary-General, I have been traveling all around the world, wherever and whenever I was able, to see the impacts for myself so that I could add to the voices of scientists in a political way, as a common man."