ABU DHAB - UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged "bold" actions by countries around the world to reduce greenhouse emissions and fight global warming.
"I am asking them (world countries) to announce bold commitments and actions that will catalyse the transformative change we need," said Ban at a ministerial meeting in Abu Dhabi to prepare for a September 23 climate change summit in New York.
"If we do not take urgent action, all our plans for increased global prosperity and security will be undone," he warned representatives of UN member states meeting for two days in the Emirati capital.
The latest scientific assessment of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released in phases, states that humankind still has a chance to limit warming to relatively safe levels, but warns of dire consequences otherwise.
"The longer we delay, the more we will pay," said Ban.
The UN seeks to hold warming to below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, at which scientists believe we can still avoid the worst effects of climate change.