He spoke to some 1,200 delegates from more than 100 U.N. member states and organizations who gather in Hungary's capital to discuss water management and sanitation around the world at a time of growing concerns over climate change.
Though critics remain sceptical about global warming, Ban asked participants to take the issue more seriously. “The latest report of the international panel on climate change released on September 27 confirms the imminent dangers of climate change,” he explained. “That's why I am going to convene a summit meeting dedicated to climate change in September next year. And I sincere hope that leaders next year will demonstrate their political leadership and also set a legal climate agreement by 2015.”
He said it was significant that Hungary hosts the current Budapest Water Summit on the banks of the Danube river, which only recently caused the region's worst flooding in recent history.
Hungary's president János Áder warned of more flooding as research in his words shows that “the planet is only 37 years away from the moment that its northern icecap may disappear.” ...
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