A two-day international meeting on climate change opened on Sunday (May, 4) in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi, attended by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, government delegates, business and civil society leaders.
The Abu Dhabi Ascent conference is aimed at providing opportunity to explore concrete proposals for action on climate change and at encouraging announcements of greater commitment ahead of the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit set for September 23 in New York.
Speaking at the opening session on Sunday, Ban Ki-moon urged world policymakers to take practical action before it was too late. “We have to ask the leaders to commit to bold ambitious targets and we will ask them to accelerate their actions on the ground,” Ban said, adding he expects more from China and other BRICS countries.
According to UN official release, topics to be discussed in Abu Dhabi range from energy to short-lived climate pollutants, agriculture, adaptation, resilience and disaster risk reduction, climate finance and economic drivers.