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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urges European leaders "to lead by example" and sign a treaty on climate change by 2015. (April 3)

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Brussels - April 3, 2014

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General:

"My objective has been to impress on member states who have been focusing more on their domestic issues and I have been urging them - please, leaders, look beyond your national boundaries. The whole of this planet Earth and the global population, they are suffering."

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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General:

"So please, there are some countries who are reluctant to lead by example. So pull these countries from ahead and push from behind with your engines. When the European Union moves, I think you can move this climate change process much faster. My aim, my priority, is to put all of these locomotives on the right track and let them move so that we will be able to have a very effective and globally legally binding treaty on climate change by 2015, next year."

STORYLINE:

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging European leaders to sign a treaty on climate change by 2015.

Speaking at a Brussels think-tank on Thursday, Ban said climate change is a more important issue than many of the world's current conflicts.

Ban is pressuring world leaders to sign a binding climate change agreement at the Paris climate conference in 2015.

"There are some countries who are reluctant to lead by example," he said. "So pull these countries from ahead and push from behind with your engines. When the European Union moves, I think you can move this climate change process much faster."

Ban's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions enough so that a global temperature rise can be limited to 2 degrees Celsius (35.6 degrees Fahrenheit).

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