Saturday, 15 November 2014

Obama, UN at Odds With G-20 Host Abbott on Climate Change

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon speaks at a press conference at the Convention Center in Brisbane on November 15, 2014. Photographer: Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images
President Barack Obama and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for greater action on climate change, as Group-of-20 host Australia sought to keep the focus of this weekend’s summit on economic issues
“No nation is immune and every nation has a responsibility to do its part,” Obama said in a key note speech in Brisbane, Australia today where leaders of the 20-largest economies are meeting. Australia and the U.S. historically “have not been the most energy efficient of nations, which means we’ve got to step up,” he said.
Ban told reporters that “climate change is the defining issue of our times, therefore it’s only natural that G-20 leaders should focus much more on this.”