BALI, Indonesia, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- U.N.
Secretary-General BanKi-moon strongly welcomed the outcome of the U.N. Climate
Change Conference in Bali, said a statement by the U.N. chief issued hereon
Saturday on the adoption of the decision of the Thirteen Conference of Parties
to the UNFCCC.
The Secretary-General believed that the Bali Roadmap
that has been agreed is a pivotal first step toward an agreement that can
address the threat of climate change, the defining challenge of our time.
At the outset of the Conference, the
Secretary-General laid out three fundamental benchmarks for success: launching
negotiations on a global climate change agreement; agreeing to an agenda for the
negotiations; and agreeing to complete them by 2009. The Bali Roadmap that has
been adopted achieves all three of these objectives.
He is also greatly encouraged that agreements were
reached that will help the international community to begin to address key
challenges immediately, particularly with regard to enhanced action on
adaptation measures, the dissemination of technology, and combating
deforestation. While these will all be long term challenges, he is particularly
pleased that work in each of these areas received a boost in Bali and that
accelerated work can begin now.
The Secretary-General thanked the Government of
Indonesia for hosting the conference and for providing the leadership necessary
for its successful conclusion.
The Secretary-General appreciated the spirit of
cooperation shown by all parties to achieve an outcome that stands to benefit