Cardinal Keith OBrien is calling on world leaders not to forget the plight of the poor during high-level climate change talks at the UN in New York this week.

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Cardinal OBrien, who is the Archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland, is heading a delegation of bishops and climate experts from developed and developing countries at the high-level climate change talks with Heads of States at the United Nations in New York this week.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon  Mr. Ban, who walked the Arctic ice rim earlier this month and saw the impact of climate change on icebergs and glaciers first-hand, told reporters that the pace of global warming is accelerating.

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When world leaders gather at a United Nations climate change summit, they must publicly commit to sealing the deal on a new agreement on curbing harmful greenhouse gas emissions, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said last week.

The gathering in New York will be the largest-ever gathering of heads of State and government on climate change, which Mr. Ban characterized as the defining challenge our time at a news conference.

No issue better demonstrates the need for global solidarity, he emphasized. No challenge so powerfully compels us to widen our horizons.

Voicing concern over the slow pace of negotiations, the Secretary-General pointed out that just over 80 days remain until the start of the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, where countries are set to wrap up talks on a new emissions agreement.

Mr. Ban, who walked the Arctic ice rim earlier this month and saw the impact of climate change on icebergs and glaciers first-hand, told reporters today that the pace of global warming is accelerating.

Next weeks summit is intended to build the bridge to the conference in the Danish capital, he said.

We want world leaders to show they understand the gravity of climate risks as well as the benefits of acting now, the Secretary-General underscored.

And we want them to give their negotiating teams marching orders to accelerate progress toward a fair, effective and scientifically ambitious global climate agreement in Copenhagen.