UN Head vows to push for climate change deal
UN LEADER Ban Ki-moon says he will press world leaders to agree to a binding deal against climate warming by 2015.
There has to be a ''strong, complete and binding'' accord, Mr Ban, who has stepped up warnings in recent months over the impact of accelerating temperature increases, told the UN General Assembly on Tuesday.
A UN conference in Doha last month extended the Kyoto Protocol, the only binding pact on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, until 2020. But the accord excludes major polluters such as China, India and the United States, which refuses to ratify Kyoto.
Mr Ban said mobilising action on climate change was now a ''priority''.
''Next year I intend to invite the leaders of the world, both individually and collectively, to mobilise the necessary political determination to adopt by 2015 a strong, complete and binding instrument on climate change,'' he said.
His comments came after US President Barack Obama vowed to make climate change a priority when he was sworn in on Monday to a second term.
''We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,'' Mr Obama said.