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UN Secretary-General to Informal General Assembly Meeting: “We Can, and We Will, Reach a Deal in Copenhagen”

Ban Ki-moon19 November 2009: In his remarks to the Informal Meeting of the General Assembly Plenary on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that climate science calls for immediate action and that "every country must be part of the solution." He also disagreed with recent news reports indicating that the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference is destined to be a "disappointment," stating that "we can, and I believe we will, reach a deal in Copenhagen that sets the stage for a binding treaty as soon as possible in 2010."

He noted the building of political momentum and individual country's announcements of increased emission reduction commitments. Ban underlined convergence on various issues, including adaptation, technology, capacity building, and reducing emissions from deforestation. He outlined five areas in which strong commitment is expected, namely: ambitious mid-term mitigation targets from industrialized countries; ambitious mitigation actions by developing countries that go beyond "business as usual;" financing and technology; an ambitious adaptation package to assist the most vulnerable; and a transparent and equitable governance structure. He concluded by underlining that climate change affects everything and calling for taking "a giant step toward a better future, beginning in Copenhagen." [The Statement]