Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today met with Rajendra K. Pachauri, the Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The two men discussed the latest IPCC report, which focuses on the mitigation of climate change.
The report, released in Berlin, Germany, on Sunday, states that global greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise at an accelerated pace and concludes that urgent action is needed to limit the increase in global mean temperature to two degrees Celsius and that action now and will be far less costly than postponing action for the future.
Following the report’s release, Mr. Ban issued a statement urging “all countries to act swiftly and boldly on climate change, to bring ambitious announcements and actions to the climate summit on 23 September 2014, and to make every effort needed to reach a global, ambitious and legal climate agreement in 2015.”
Mr. Ban, who is convening the 23 September summit with leaders from Governments, businesses and civil society to raise the level of ambition, catalyze action on the ground and increase political momentum, has been using every opportunity to press for bold actions to tackle what he describes as the “defining issue of our times.”
For his part, Mr. Pachauri, who has headed the IPCC for 12 years, has voices his hope that the report will push government leaders to deal with climate change before it is too late.
“I hope these facts will – for want of a better word – jolt people into action,” he said.