UN urges countries to unanimously agree on climate change as world's top danger

February 25, 2010 12:50 am 

BALI, Indonesia, Feb. 24 — The United Nations' Secretary General Ban Ki Moon urged countries to unanimously agree that climate change is the world's top danger that has to be addressed, a UN official said here on Wednesday.

Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), while reading Ban's message, said that the UN's chief has asked countries to implement agreement resulted at the 11th Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/ Global Ministerial Environment Forum held in Nusa Dua of Bali province on Feb. 22-26.

Ban, according Cropper, said that he has stressed the need of intensified effort due to alarming deforestation as global forests diminish rapidly.

"We need to improve environmental governance to reduce the gap of economic development and environment issues. It needs a combination of political will, fund and participation of private sector," Ban as quoted by Cropper as saying.

Achim Steiner, UNEP's Executive Director and UN's Under Secretary General, said that the environment agency grabbed a success in making Bali Strategic Plan, the result of its conference in 2004, as the undivided document from global environment issues.

"Bali Strategic Plan is not just a document, but it is implemented in every environment talks," he said.

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the ministerial meeting on environment has its own strategic value as it was the first one after the Copenhagen summit that resulted in Copenhagen Accord on Dec. 18 last year.

"We have to use the opportunity to share our views informally to bring success of the next climate change in Mexico," said Marty.

He said that the event is considered important as 2010 was chosen as the international year of biodiversity. (PNA/Xinhua)

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