The United Nations Secretary General has told journalists in a joint press conference with the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, has underscored that the moment has come to act together to protect ‘our planet’ with greater determination than ever before.
Ban Ki-moon, was speaking shortly before the official opening of the high level forum attended by global leaders including the vice president and Minister of Women’s Affairs of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, Her Excellency Aja Dr. Isatou Njie-Saidy at the ongoing COP22 in Marrakech.
The high-level forum that marked the opening of the first meeting of the Parties on the Paris Agreement (CMA1), was equally attended and the king of Morocco, His Excellency, King Mohammed VI, who delivered the Royal Speech at the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
“The moment has come to act together to protect our planet with greater determination than ever before. Time is against us,” Ban Ki-moon told journalists.
He added; “We don’t have a plan B, because we don’t have a planet B. It’s not as Secretary General of the United Nations that I say this, but as a citizen of the world”.
Mr Ban, who is participating at his last COP as UN Secretary General, equally called on parties to follow a more determined action against Climate Change.
“No country regardless of its resources and its power is immune to Climate Change. It’s for that reason that there was such engagement for the Paris Agreement. We have a lot to gain if we act now.” he stated.
“I have made Climate Action a priority since the first day of taking over the role of UN Secretary General. I am convinced that my successor, the Secretary General elected, Antonio Guterres, and the United Nations will continue to progress this cause with energy and determination for the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants,” he noted.
According to him, he will never stop, even after his retirement to work with the United Nations, colleagues and world leaders to ensure that this Agreement on Climate Change is fully actioned to make the world and its inhabitants more secure, healthy, and prosperous.
“The Paris Agreement is in force in record time. We have a framework, a scenario and clear objectives”, stated Patricia Espinosa, in response to journalists.
At the opening of the High-Level meeting, the Moroccan King said: “Indeed, humanity is looking forward to decisions which will help save the future of life on earth, and calling for tangible initiatives and practical steps to preserve the rights of coming generations.”
Holding this conference in Africa’, he said, is an incentive for us to give priority to tackling the adverse repercussions of climate change, which are growing worse and worse in the countries of the South and in insular states, whose very existence is in jeopardy.
After the press conference, the UN General Secretary and the Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Patricia Espinosa together with King Mohammed VI, and the president of COP22, Salaheddine Mezouar, welcomed the Heads of State and participating Governments at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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