U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Says Climate Change Treaty Achievable

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, Nov. 28 (UPI) — A new world climate change treaty is within reach and participants should do what they can to make it happen, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.

Speaking Friday at a meeting of the British Commonwealth nations in Trinidad and Tobago, Ban urged the world’s nations to “seal the deal” on a climate change treaty next month in Copenhagen, the BBC reported.

“Our common goal is to achieve a firm foundation for a legally binding climate treaty as early as possible in 2010,” Ban said, while Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen added that he hoped to see “money on the table” at the Dec. 7-18 Copenhagen global warming summit.

Ban’s speech was unorthodox because it marked one of first times a speaker from outside the 53-member Commonwealth was scheduled to address the conference on its first day, the British broadcaster said.

Ban, Rasmussen and French President Nicolas Sarkozy all took advantage of the opportunity to speak about climate change at what was one of the last major political gatherings ahead of the Copenhagen summit.

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