UN Chief Warns of Tougher Times in Climate Change Financing.

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon says the global economic crisis is likely to affect world leaders\' efforts to mobilize funds for climate change.

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has said the global economic crisis is likely to affect world leaders' efforts to mobilize funding for climate change.

Ban says that delegates from over 190 countries attending the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa have high expectations but should be realistic in their quest.

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The UN chief says even with the uncertainties, the delegates could work harder to control climate change by reducing the emission of the greenhouse gases responsible for global warming.

Referring to recent reports from various international agencies, he warned that the world's climate was reaching a point of no return given the rising temperatures.

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Delegates mainly from developing countries like Uganda have been asking developed countries to contribute funds needed for them to adopt and mitigate the effects of climate change. At the centre of the debate has been the need for up to 100 billion dollars towards the Green Climate change annually.

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said  the world was at a critical stage and that world leaders needed to put aside their country positions in order speak with one voice in addressing climate change.

Zuma said the developed countries had the responsibility to help developing countries to adapt or mitigate climate change. 

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The Ugandan delegation led by Water and Environment Minister, Maria Mutagamba, was yet to speak by the time of filing this report.

Uganda has however been one of the countries pushing for operationalisation of the 100 billion dollar Green Climate Fund. Uganda is also backing the African position on funding for agriculture and related areas.