The world must seal the deal on a new treaty to curb pollution at a crucial climate change meeting in Copenhagen in December, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said Wednesday in Tokyo, urging global business leaders to join efforts against global warming.
Ban, who has made climate change a priority, said he will mobilize “every effort” to reach an agreement at the U.N. meeting to adopt an ambitious global treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012.
“We must seal the deal in Copenhagen in December this year,” the U.N. chief told Japanese business leaders.
“It will be a moment of truth in Copenhagen whether we will set ourselves on course for disaster by taking a business as usual attitude or we will find the path of sustainable green growth,” he said. “We know the answer. We must take the course of sustainable green growth.”
Ban is on a three-day trip to Japan before heading to Myanmar on Friday.
On Tuesday, Ban urged Myanmar’s ruling junta to release all of its political prisoners, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
The democracy icon is being held in Myanmar’s Insein Prison and is being tried on charges of violating the terms of her house arrest after an uninvited American man swam to her closely guarded lakeside home in Yangon in May and stayed two days.
Ban will arrive in Yangon the same day Suu Kyi’s trial resumes. Her trial has drawn outrage from world leaders and human rights groups that say the junta is using the incident as an excuse to keep the her behind bars through elections scheduled for 2010.
Suu Kyi faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
The junta called elections in 1990 but refused to recognize a landslide victory by Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy.
The Self-Defense Forces will be allowed to provide logistic support to the U.N. Standby Arrangements System in order to actively participate in U.N. peacekeeping operations, Prime Minister Taro Aso said Wednesday.
Aso conveyed the decision to visiting U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
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