Gandhinagar: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday asked India to set an ambitious target to cut down carbon emissions, saying it is in a unique position to lead sustainability, energy efficiency and fight against climate change.
"India should come out with an ambitious target to cut down carbon emissions," he said addressing the 'Vibrant Gujarat Summit' at Mahatma Mandir. His call came after the recent announcement by China and the US to cut down carbon emissions and failed climate change talks among various countries during a UN summit in September last year.
"India is in a unique position to lead sustainability, energy efficiency and fight against climate change. India has a young population and it is a great opportunity," he said, referring to the greater role the country can play at the global level. Ban, who is attending the Vibrant Gujarat Summit for the first time, started his speech in Gujarati while greeting the audience and said he was glad to be here.
This vibrant state is a gateway for the world to do business in India, he said.
"I wish India will play a full role in this mission for social security, health care and environment," he said. "2015 is a historic and most important year for the humanity as it could be the time we end poverty, avoid worst impacts of climate change through sustainable development.
This is the 70th year of foundation of the United Nations," he said.
"This is the year to achieve millennium development goals – access to energy, eradication of poverty. In December, Paris will hold conference to arrive at a universal and meaningful climate change agreement. In July, Addis Ababa will hold a conference to find solutions to fund development agenda of the world," he said.
"This will pave the way for inclusive growth and action against climate change. It will provide access to health care and education, find solutions to eradicate poverty, build huge infrastructure, and India will be playing a huge role in it," he said.