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Ban said contributions of BRICS to combating global warming was most important as they are on the way to transforming themselves into developed countries and are the future engines of global growth.
“But we expect the BRICS to increase their efforts and do more as time is against us,” Ban said.
The UN chief was speaking in Abu Dhabi at a pre- summit for the UN climate summit in New York in September, where more than 1,000 participants, including government ministers and energy experts have gathered.
Ban said China has been spearheading the promotion of green energy within the BRICS, especially in megacities.??He also praised South Africa for a “good step forward” in establishing the Southern African Power Pool, a cooperation among national electricity grids of 12 countries in the southern hemisphere.
“Solutions exist. The race is on. It’s time to lead,” Ban said.
BRICS countries champion the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities” in the fight against climate change.
“Responsibility for climate change … rests on all countries, differentiated according to the extent to which they have contributed historically to the urgent problem which we now face, taking into account national circumstances, capabilities, population, development needs, in the context of equitable access to sustainable development,” BRICS ministers said in a joint statement issued last September in Rio De Janeiro.