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In remarks to an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly on the year ahead, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the need to meet the specific objectives governments set themselves for 2015 under the UN climate change negotiations and to address climate change as an urgent but historic opportunity to shift the pattern of global development onto a sustainable track.

His full remarks can be seen here.

Referring directly to climate change, he said:

I also welcome last month’s adoption of the Lima Call for Climate Action and the recent announcements by the European Union, United States and China aimed at reducing the risks of climate change. The success of the new development agenda is inseparable from our efforts to address climate change.

We must not be forced into a false choice between the economy and the environment.  Across the globe, countries, cities, citizens and CEOs are taking action on climate change because they recognize the benefits – including new market opportunities, cleaner air, improved public health, greater energy security and sustainable growth.

I urge all Governments to come forward with ambitious national commitments as soon as possible.  I would like to remind all Member States that you have agreed in Lima to submit Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, or INDCs, by the first quarter of this year.

I also urge developed countries to articulate a clear pathway for achieving the goal of $100 billion per year in climate financing, and to make good on their pledges to the Green Climate Fund.

I also look to all of you for scaled-up action on the ground that builds on the good work and partnerships announced at last September’s Climate Summit.

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