Ban Ki-moon: Human race faces oblivion 2007-12-12 14:14:07   Print


U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks during the U.N. Climate Conference Tuesday Dec. 11, 2007 in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. (CCTV/AP Photo)

    BEIJING, Dec. 12 -- As delegates at the UN climate conference in Bali haggle over the wording of a new document, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warns the human race faces oblivion if it fails to confront global warming.

    Ban Ki-moon arrived in Bali on Tuesday to preside over the final days of the two-week conference.

    The conference aims to set an agenda and deadline for talks that will lead to a climate change pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol in 2012.

    The UN Chief says it is time for human beings to act and save themselves.

    Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, said, "The situation is so desperately serious any delay could push us past the tipping point beyond which the ecological, financial and human cost increase dramatically. Today we are at the crossroads; one path leading towards a comprehensive new climate agreement, and the other towards oblivion."

    The latest draft of the document will be released at the conclusion of the conference on Friday. But will continue to be the object of hard negotiations.

    The US, the only major industrialized nation to reject the Kyoto Protocol, has publicly opposed mentioning targets or emissions cut guidelines in the Bali document.

    But the EU, developing countries and environmentalists have rallied hard for the inclusion of general goals in the Bali declaration.

Editor: Lu Hui
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