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[2020-12-08] 5th Anniversary of the Paris Climate Change Agreement

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On December 8th Chairman Ban Ki-moon’s interview with the French Culture Center in Korea was released on YouTube in celebration of the fifth anniversary for the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Chairman Ban started his speech with a message for all. “The Earth is on fire, both literally and figuratively. Temperatures and sea levels are rising. Devastating wildfires are raging. The climate crisis is real. We have to listen to Nature’s warning. We have no time to lose. We have to act now. We cannot pass down a peaceful and prosperous world to our future generation.” He said, worryingly.

In addition, chairman Ban shared his advice on next steps. “To build a sustainable and resilient society, every country should aim for green transition for the post-coronavirus era. Korea’s Green New Deal, I believe, should lead comprehensive transition to a low-carbon economy. We must raise our ambition and take bolder low-carbon policies, such as gradually decreasing the number of coal-fired power plants, phasing out internal combustion engine vehicles and stopping the public financing of overseas coal projects.” He stated.

In conclusion, Chairman Ban gave a hopeful message. “For sure, this will not be easy. But I hope not only governments but also all stakeholders make joint efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 for our future generation. This is our moral and political responsibilities!” He concluded.

Below is the translated script of Chairman Ban Ki-moon’s full speech

If you would like to read the full article, please visit the Korea Times website.

If you would like to view the full interview, please visit France en Coree’s official YouTube Channel.

It’s a great pleasure for me to have this interview, on the occasion of fifth anniversary of the adoption of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. As Secretary General of the United Nations during that time, I still feel very much proud that I was able to help achieve the goals of Paris Climate Change Agreement.

This is regarded as one of the two most important and proudest moments for me: one is sustainable development goals and most importantly, climate change agreement. This is for our humanity and for our planet.

The Earth is on fire, both literally and figuratively. Temperatures and sea levels are rising. Devastating wildfires are raging. The climate crisis is real. We have to listen to Nature’s warning. We have no time to lose. We have to act now. We cannot pass down a peaceful and prosperous world to our future generation.

We don’t have a “Plan B” because there is no “Planet B.”

I believe that countries around the world have been making efforts to implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement, but not enough! Encouragingly, China declared its 2060 net-zero targets. Soon after, Japan and Republic of Korea also announced their 2050 targets.

Green initiatives, such as EU’s Green Deal, are being taken by countries to overcome the climate and economic crises, and address social inequality and polarization. They are all going in the right direction. In this vein, I whole heartedly welcome U.S. President-elect Biden’s pledges to rejoin the Paris Climate Change Agreement and achieve net-zero emissions no later than 2050.

I firmly believe these ambitious commitments will create a momentum for the international community to successfully implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

To build a sustainable and resilient society, every country should aim for green transition for the post-coronavirus era. Korea’s Green New Deal, I believe, should lead comprehensive transition to a low-carbon economy. We must raise our ambition and take bolder low-carbon policies, such as gradually decreasing the number of coal-fired power plants, phasing out internal combustion engine vehicles and stopping the public financing of overseas coal projects.

For sure, this will not be easy. But I hope not only governments but also all stakeholders make joint efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 for our future generation. This is our moral and political responsibilities!