September 24, 2007 19:03 ET

Ban Ki-Moon Shows Real Climate Leadership-WWF

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2007) - The UN high-level climate change meeting in New York today declared that an ambitious comprehensive climate agreement will be negotiated within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, building on the Kyoto Protocol, by no later than 2009.

Convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, the summit brought together more than 70 Heads of State - a watershed moment in the global climate debate.

"The UN Secretary-General has effectively called for an end of the fossil fuel age by mid-century and WWF congratulates Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for this show of real climate leadership," says Hans Verolme, Director of WWF's Global Climate Change Programme. "World leaders today united under the UN banner and declared a stop to dangerous climate change by agreeing to negotiate deep cuts in carbon emissions.

"The overwhelming support for the launch of negotiations at the Bali meeting in December marks an important moment in UN history."

Several countries spoke about the ravages of extreme weather and climate change. Economic assessments indicate that the benefits of early action on climate change greatly exceed the cost of reducing emissions.

"The unvarnished truth is that climate change is here," adds Verolme. "The impending climate catastrophe could cripple economies and devastate livelihoods, so striking a new global climate deal that will promote investment in clean technologies is a top priority."

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