Fighting climate change - UN chief calls faster response

Added On May 6, 2016

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says it is time to take climate action to the next level. 
He urges nations to turn the promises of the Paris deal on combatting global warming into concrete measures. 
The UN chief made the remarks two weeks after 175 governments signed the historic Paris agreement in New York.
"We need action now. Temperatures continue to climb. Arctic sea ice is melting fast. Droughts, storms and floods are costing lives and productivity. It is time to take climate action to the next level."
The UN chief made the remarks on Thursday at the opening of a two-day meeting in Washington that seeks to step up global action on climate change.
Ban Ki-moon also said the world has to accelerate the speed, scope and scale of response in combating global warming, both locally and globally.
He also highlighted the United States and China, both of which have said they will ratify the Paris deal this year. 
"Two of the world's largest emitters, China and United States, have pledged to continue the commitment and collaboration. I thank president Obama and president Xi Jinping for their leadership."
It's apparent that the UN chief wants to keep climate change high on the world agenda. Two weeks ago, 175 countries signed the Paris climate deal at the UN headquarters in New York. But  55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions need to ratify the agreement for it to become effective.
The deal sets the goal of limiting global warming to "well below" two Celsius above pre-industrial levels, by moving to clean energy.