UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “One True Existential Threat to Our Planet”

UN Press Release

12 January 2009: In his first press conference of the year, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that 2009 is “the year of climate change.” He stressed that the climate change summit in Copenhagen is only 11 months away and indicated that he would engage world leaders on the key issues in the negotiations, beginning later this month at the World Economic Forum in Davos and working toward a high-level meeting on the margins of the general debate in September.

He underlined that, “amid all our difficulties,” we should remember that climate change is the “one true existential threat to our planet.” In response to a question on what his priority requests to US President-elect Barack Obama would be, Ban indicated his desire to work closely with the new administration on climate change. [UN Press Release]