LONDON, Nov 25 – Climate talks in Copenhagen next month "can and must be a turning point" in efforts to combat global warming, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said Wednesday, urging a global push to make them a success.
In a video address to a climate change and health conference in London, Ban said the UN summit would bring together governments from around the world to "forge a response to one of the most fundamental challenges of our time".
"Copenhagen can and must be a turning point in the world\’s efforts to reduce emissions and protect people and the planet," the UN secretary general said.
"We need an agreement in Copenhagen that charts a path to a healthier, cleaner, more prosperous future for all."
Ban said climate change "could pose one of this century\’s greatest risks to public health", saying rising temperatures meant more mosquitoes which could increase the spread of malaria, and changing weather would hit water supplies.
"The message is clear. Climate change is about our health and the health of our planet. We are all in this together," he said.
"I call on every citizen and every government to make Copenhagen a success. I urge everyone to add his or her voice to the calls being heard around the world calling for climate action and for a safer, healthier future for us all."
The UN conference in Copenhagen takes place on December 7-18, with US President Barack Obama among those who are due to attend.