UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon:
(I would like) to speak a few words in this historic occasion on of launching a synthesis of the fifth assessment report of the IPCC. We are here at a very historic and crucially important timing for humanity.
Most recently the IPCC provided the scientific foundation for the successful climate summit that I hosted in New York this September. It put together government leaders, bussiness executives and finance officials and many civil society leaders. They all expressed strong commitment for a meaningful, universal climate agreement.
The report we are launching today, the IPCC's fifth assessment, was compiled by hundreds of scientists from around the world. It is the most a comprehensive oppressor of climate change ever taken. This report offers 3 key messages:
1. Human influence on the climate system is clear, and clearly growing.
2. We must act quickly and decisively if we want to avoid increasingly destructive outcomes.
3. We have the means to limit climate change and build a better future.
The report found that the world is largely very ill prepared.
I'm really adding my political voice to what scientists have been working very, very hard on , and I really appreciate their work. This report gives a major push to the discussions at the climate conference in Lima in December, and to success in Paris next year. Without a global agreement we will lack mobilization to the extent necessary to get the world onto a 2 degree pathway. Science has spoken, there is no ambiguity in their message. Leaders must act. Time is not on our side. Let's work together to make this world, our only planet Earth, sustainable. Economically, socially, environmentally for our succeeding generations. Let us preserve our only planet Earth, in a sustainable way. Thank you very much for your leadership.
IPCC Chairman Rajendra K. Pachauri
This report has involved over 800 authors directly and thousands more reviewers and authors, and we altogether about 30.000 publications in coming up with this assessment. And it really comes at an important time, when the global community is looking at means to tackle climate change.
I want to emphasize the fact that climate change will leave no part of the world untouched by the impacts that we have seen for our eyes, and that obviously are going to be of growing relevance in the future. And by weaving together the strands of the 3 working group reports we have created a document that helps policy makers make sense of all the elements that I mentioned. I think it is very clear that to avoid the chaos of runaway climate change we know what we need to dramatically reduce global emissions of greenhouse gasses, and I think we need to lead to a future that has much lower intensity in the use of those activities that contribute to emissions of greenhouse gasses. It also projects the risks, and the expensive and often unquantifiable and destabilizing impacts of a high carbon part of development and growth.
We have provided a roadmap by which policy makers can find their way to a global agreement to tackle climate change within the UN framework I mentioned on climate change.
But delaying mitigation will substantially increase the challenges associated with limiting warming to 2 degrees Celsius, because the cost will go up enormously if we keep delaying things. And as you rightly said sir that the cost of inaction will be horrendously higher than the cost of action.
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