Ban hails award of Nobel Peace Prize to Gore, UN panel
United Nations (PTI): Hailing the award of 2007 Nobel Peace Prize to former US Vice-President Al Gore and a UN panel on climate change, Secretary General Ban Ki Moon on Friday urged governments to build on the momentum they have generated by adopting a new set of binding commitments to contain greenhouse gas emissions.
Gore and the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) headed by India's R K Pachauri were awarded the prize for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change and lay foundation for countering it.
In a statement, Ban paid tribute to Gore's "exceptional commitment and conviction, as an example of the crucial role that individuals and civil society can play in encouraging multilateral responses to global issues."
His spokesperson said Ban "rejoices with the IPCC, and its co-sponsors, the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization."
Ban, who has made addressing climate change a key priority of his administration, pointed out that the IPCC's "lucid and well-documented findings" helped to establish "beyond doubt that climate change is happening, and that much of it is caused by human activity."
This led to "unprecedented momentum for action on climate change around the world, and recognition of the UN as the forum for reaching agreement on it," he said.
The Secretary-General, who last month convened summit-level talks on the issue in New York to jump-start diplomatic action on climate change, called for industrialised and developing countries alike to commit themselves to a real breakthrough at the critical Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Bali in December.