“If we do not take [an] urgent action now Iceland may be a land without ice soon,” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said at the Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP19) in Warsaw on Tuesday.
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Ki-moon was referring to the rapid melting of glaciers in Iceland. In his speech aimed at mustering support for renewed action on climate change, the head of the UN, who visited Iceland earlier this year, also pointed to the climatic conditions in the Sahel, such as extreme drought, that are undermining the region’s development and security.
Ki-moon’s full speech can be read at un.org.