Ban Ki-moon's speeches

Opening remarks at joint Press Conference with the Danish Prime Minister, Mr. Lars Rasmussen

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Port of Spain (Trinidad & Tobago), 27 November 2009

Good evening ladies and gentlemen. This afternoon, Prime Minister Rasmussen and I participated in a very productive and engaging special plenary session on climate change. As you know, Prime Minister Sarkozy of France also joined us.

I have also been holding meetings with the many world leaders on climate change. I am encouraged by their shared desire to achieve a successful outcome next month in Copenhagen.

My message to all the world leaders here today has been simple: stay focused, stay committed and come to Copenhagen and seal a deal?a deal that is ambitious, a deal that is equitable, a deal that satisfies the demands of science.

The momentum for success is growing by the day and agreement is well within reach. Each week brings new commitments and pledges, including the most recently-formed China and United States and others. These positive developments are very heartening and essential for making strong progress at the negotiations.

Our common goal is to achieve a firm foundation for a legally binding treatise as early as possible in 2010.

We are looking for a strong commitment in five areas.

First, ambitious mid-term targets from developed countries

Secondly, ambitious mitigation actions by the developing countries that can limit the growth of emissions to below “business as usual”

Third, an ambitious adaption framework for all countries

Fourth, financing and technological support for developing countries and

Fifth, a transparent and equitable governance structure to manage and deploy these resources.

Among them, financing is the key. In the short term we look to the developed world to provide at least $10 billion in fast-track funding annually over the next three years until 2012. With this money, we can jump-start low emission caused in developing countries.

We must also limit deforestation and finance immediate adaptation measures. Long term finance is also critical. Copenhagen must identify the means by which the sources beyond the next three years can be generated at the scale needed. An agreement in Copenhagen that clearly addresses all the building blocks of Bali Action Plan will be a success. We need to get every country on board.

Prime Minister Rasmussen and I are asking world leaders from all countries to come to Copenhagen in the final days of this crucial conference. Only leaders can deliver the agreement the world needs. We must not fail. Success in Copenhagen is in sight. We must seize the moment to seal the deal.

Thank you very much.