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UN Secretary-General: Poznan Should Signal International Resolve to Reach 2009 Climate Agreement

United Nations 20 November 2008: In a video message to the symposium on climate change held at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology in Gyunggi-Do, Korea, from 20-21 November 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that the science of climate change is clear and its effects risk getting worse.

He called for a “decisive and swift” response, warning that future

generations would otherwise face greater risk. He underscored that the

“cost of inaction will exceed the costs of action by several orders of

magnitude.” On the international climate negotiations, he said the next

round taking place in Poznan, Poland, in December 2008 should send a

signal of strong international resolve to reach a climate agreement in

Copenhagen in 2009. He welcomed Korea's “Low Carbon Green Growth”

policy and plans to use green energy technologies.

Noting that Korea

has a less historic responsibility for climate change than some

industrialized countries, Ban hoped Korea would “seize the opportunity

to improve its international status” by participating more actively in

international processes designed to mitigate climate change and

underscored the timeliness of the Symposium. [UN Press Release]