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On December 03, Chairman Ban Ki-moon sat down for an interview with CGTN on climate change.
Below is an edited transcript of the interview between Ban and CGTN Reporter Wei Lynn Tang.
A recent UN report said countries are not doing enough in bringing down greenhouse gas emissions. It warned that emissions have to drop by 7.6% every year starting from 2020 until 2030. In your opinion, is this possible?
If we work together, we can make it happen. That means that we have to work together with a strong commitment.
While I am happy to work with China, I am deeply concerned about the policy of U.S. government. President Donald Trump has announced to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
Climate change is a global challenge. It requires global solutions. There is no country in this world that can address this one alone.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, has warned in October 2018 that unless we contain the global temperature raise below 1.5 degrees Celsius, we will have no hope. There will be an increased sea level rise and earth will be warmer.
World leaders must work together with the UN to address climate crisis.
Have we reached a tipping point of a potential climate catastrophe?
I think we are on the tipping point. Planet Earth is now on fever. The global temperature during the month of July this year was the hottest one in 140 years. That means that nature is giving us a strong warning. Unless we take urgent action to address this issue, we will regret for our succeeding generation.
Fundamentally, what are the structural changes that are needed?
First of all, we need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible. China has been doing a great effort. (Together with the US) we have to transform fossil fuel base to a renewable energy, which does not emit greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore we must really listen to the voices of nature. Nature does not negotiate with the human being. It is the human being who has to take urgent action now. Otherwise we would not have hope.
Watch the full interview here: https://news.cgtn.com/news/2019-12-03/Ban-Ki-moon-praises-China-s-efforts-on-climate-change-M7WFMs7FiU/index.html