ABU DHABI May 4 U.N. Secretary General Ban
Ki-moon said on Sunday he was hopeful that a goal of limiting
global temperature rises to a maximum 2 degrees Celsius could be
achieved, but urged governments to take practical action before
it was too late.
"We have to ask the leaders to commit to bold ambitious
targets and we will ask them to accelerate their actions on the
ground," Ban told a two-day conference on climate change in the
United Arab Emirates capital Abu Dhabi.
Ban said both meetings would be "solution shops" for an
Many developing nations want a one-day summit in New York on
September 23 to be the deadline for rich countries to outline
planned cuts in greenhouse gases beyond 2020, seen as a key step
towards securing a global climate deal in 2015.
Governments have promised to limit temperature rises to a
maximum 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above
pre-industrial times to avert ever more heatwaves, floods,
droughts and rising sea levels that the U.N.'s Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says are linked to man-made
An IPCC report issued in April and endorsed by governments
said such levels were still attainable but that policies
currently in place put the world on target for a temperature
rise of up to 4.8 C (8.6 F) by 2100.
Temperatures have already risen by about 0.8 C (1.4F) since
the Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The report is the main scientific guide for nations working
on a U.N. deal to be agreed in late 2015 to rein in greenhouse
gas emissions that have hit repeated highs this century.
Ban said he would discuss the issue with Chinese leaders on
a planned trip this month. Rapid industrial growth in China and
other big developing countries has been blamed for increasing
greenhouse gas emissions.
"We expect that China will do more and other BRIC (Brazil,
Russia, India and China) countries will do more," Ban said
without elaborating what measures he expected them to take.
(Reporting by Maha El Dahan and Regan Doherty; Editing by Yara
Bayoumy and Catherine Evans)