ddressing the European Parliament inStrasbourg, France, the United NationsSecretary-General Ban Ki-moon urgedEurope to show leadership in the face ofcritical global challenges including extreme poverty andclimate change. The United Nations and the European Union arenatural partners. We are making a real difference forpeople all around the world. We are confronting manychallenges, multiple crises. But something else ishappening - a light bulb moment around the world. Country after country, leader after leader, is coming torecognise that the best way to address our challengesis by taking them on together, with the United Nationsand all the members of the European Union. Nonation, no group, no region can do it alone. If we sharein the burden, we will share in the benefits. So, today,I would like to talk about solidarity. How, together, theEuropean Union and the United Nations can addressthe real fears of real people.First, the poverty challenge. In September, world leadersgathered in New York for the most significant globaldevelopment summit in a decade. There is good news:major progress in combating extreme poverty andhunger, in school enrolment and child health, cleanwater and fighting malaria, tuberculosis and HIV. Yetachievements are uneven. Obstacles stand in the way.Global trade talks have stagnated, locking in placeharmful subsidies and an unfair regime that denydeveloping countries new opportunities. Rising pricesare putting essential medicines out of reach of many ofthe neediest. Nearly 1 billion people go to bed hungryevery night. And this year alone, an additional64 million people will fall into extreme poverty. All ofthis calls for a renewed push to achieve the Goals bythe deadline of 2015.At the recent Millennium Development Goals summit,that is precisely what we agreed. We will boostresources and accountability. I commend thosemembers of the European Union that made strongcommitments despite fiscal pressures. We can tightenbelts without closing our eyes to common challenges.Our second great challenge is climate change. Here,too, Europe's vision and voice have been central.Scientists warn that the extreme weather we havewitnessed in many countries could be the opening acton our future. We have seen raging fires in Russia, epicfloods in Pakistan. We must always be careful,however, about linking specific weather events toclimate change. But neither should we avert our eyesfrom what is plain to see.The message is clear: the more we delay, the more wewill have to pay - in competitiveness, in resources andin human lives. We must take action now to reduceclimate risks, strengthen our resilience, and supportdeveloping countries in pursuing clean energy growth.Copenhagen was not perfect, but it provided animportant basis for moving forward.Since then, there has been progress on importantimplementation issues such as adaptation, technologycooperation, steps to reduce deforestation. Movementhas been slower on mitigation commitments, long-term financing monitoring and verification and thefuture of the Kyoto Protocol.At the upcoming United Nations climate changeconference in Cancún, we must capture progress onthose issues where there is consensus and on thoseRight: Secretary-Generalof the United Nations,Ban Ki-moonA CALL FOR GLOBAL ACTIONTO REDUCE CLIMATE RISKS088GLOBAL VOICESBAN KI-MOON, SECRETARY-GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS (UN)AUN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
" "WE HAVE SEENRAGING FIRES INRUSSIA, EPICFLOODS IN PAKISTAN. WEMUST ALWAYS BE CAREFUL, HOWEVER, ABOUTLINKING SPECIFICWEATHER EVENTSTO CLIMATECHANGE. BUT NEITHER SHOULDWE AVERT OUREYES FROM WHATIS PLAIN TO SEE GLOBAL VOICES089issues still unresolved, Governments must agree onhow they will move forward to resolve them. I call on allparties to show flexibility, solidarity, and muster thecourage to compromise if needed. The health, securityand prosperity of millions of people depend on it.There is no time to waste.Most immediately, finance is crucial for building trustand spurring action. There is a wide gap of trustbetween the developing and developed world. Thequickest way to bridge this gap is through providingfinancial support to those who do not have anycapacities. I call upon all developed countries,including those represented in this Parliament, toprovide their fair share of the US$30 billion infast-track financing pledged at Copenhagenfor 2010-2012.Many view this as a litmus test ofindustrialised countries' commitmentto progress in the broader negotiations.We have to also generate US$100billion annually by 2020. This was apromise by the developed worldmade in Copenhagen. My High-LevelAdvisory Group on Climate ChangeFinancing has been working this yearand they will come out with severaloptions on how to generate US$100billion annually by 2020. Climate changeis a crucial part of the broader agendaon sustainable development. That is why I recentlyestablished a new High Level Panel on GlobalSustainability, co-chaired by President [Tarja] Halonenof Finland and President [Jacob] Zuma of South Africa.Their job will be to connect the many different dots which are interconnected to find the right paththrough the interlinked economic, social andenvironmental challenges of the coming decades. Inall this, Europe's leadership - your leadership - will be essential.Europe has been a historic engine of growth andchange. Now, when Governments are not moving whenthe train has hit the buffers in our talkson climate change or otherissues - Europe can be the locomotive, drivingit forward. You canpush, you can pull,you can get thetrain back ontrack. You cankeep us moving in the rightdirection. nThese remarks bythe UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are excerptsfrom his address tothe European Parliamentin Strasbourg, France, on19 October 2010.