Emirates News Agency – Some countries reverting to fossil fuels due to soaring energy prices are concerning: Ban Ki Moon

By Binsal Abdulkader

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea, 15th September, 2022 (WAM) — As energy prices soar around the world, especially in Europe, “I am concerned about the possibility of some countries reverting to fossil fuels “said Ban Ki-moon, a former secretary-general of the United Nations.

“It’s again very stupid and very worrying. I know we need to have energy, we need to have something to eat, but if we go back to fossil fuels, we are repeating the same mistakes we made” , did he declare. Thursday in his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity being held on Jeju Island in South Korea.

Ban was referring to the environmental impact of carbon emissions caused by fossil fuels. The former UN chief pointed out that high energy prices have made Europe vulnerable as it tries to replenish its energy storage before next winter.

“The European Union has already called on member states to voluntarily reduce their gas consumption by 15% in autumn and winter, but even that may not be enough,” noted the South Korean diplomat who served as the eighth secretary-general. United Nations since January 2007 to December 2016. Prior to becoming Secretary-General, Ban served as a career diplomat in the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations.

He also expressed concern about rising food prices, which could cause hunger and starvation in some parts of the world. Global health security is also a pressing issue, Ban noted.

He suggested that the world should make effective efforts to strengthen global health security to combat existing threats and prepare for new ones in the wake of a pandemic like COVID-19. Other viruses of growing concern, such as monkeypox, have highlighted the health and security implications of biodiversity loss, the former UN chief said.

“Biodiversity and wild animal habitats are severely disrupted due to environmental destruction. We don’t even have a plan B [to deal with such crises],” he explained.

However, he put forward an optimistic note about the future. “Despite this new era of multiple crises, we must remain optimistic and forward-looking.”

Ban suggested adopting a more robust and inclusive multilateralism to engage with all international actors. Multi-stakeholder collaboration is key to solving the climate crisis, he stressed.

“I am convinced that we can use this turbulent time as a gateway to a more peaceful, sustainable and prosperous world. Let’s work together to make this world a better place for our next generation. This is the main objective of this Forum of Jeju 2022, and it is our moral and political responsibility,” concluded the former UN chief.

The Jeju Forum was launched in 2001 as a platform for dialogue to share visions of peace on the Korean Peninsula, East Asia and around the world and seek creative solutions through international cooperation.

Hosted by the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, the International Peace Foundation and the East Asia Foundation, and sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and the Jeju Free International City Development Centre, the Jeju Forum has served as an international public forum for the past two decades.

Organizers have invited a select group of journalists from major foreign media, including Emirates News Agency (WAM), to cover the three-day Forum and the ongoing World Heritage Festival on Jeju Island, a major tourist destination in Korea. from South.