Ban was addressing journalists in Marrakesh before opening the "high-level segment" of an annual United Nations climate meeting - the first since last year's adoption of the Paris Agreement to stave off calamitous global warming.
President Muhammadu Buhari has arrived Morocco to attend the climate change conference, COP22, holding in Marrakech. Some say a blend of global market forces affecting fossil fuels, the declining cost of solar and wind energy, grass-roots activism, legal action in US courts and worldwide pressure could help counter whatever efforts a Trump administration might make to undo existing policies.
United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon voiced hope Tuesday that US President Donald Trump will understand the urgency of climate change and will vary threats to withdraw the US from the Paris climate-rescue pact.
"The tourism sector is both a vector and a victim of climate change and we are fully committed to contribute to reach the objectives set by the Paris Agreement". Reports say that experts during a convention in Marrakech are working hard to instill to the Trump administration that the world needs unity in most aspects including the fight against climate change in order to succeed.
Domestically, some American analysts foresee an era of lawsuits as environmental groups take the Trump administration to court over its expected failure to keep the promises made by his predecessor.
Over the past few years, developing countries have been making relatively greater efforts than industrialised nations to control GHG emissions.
China has powerful domestic and global imperatives to play a high-profile role in continued global climate change talks, meant to avert more heat waves, droughts, floods and rising sea levels that could cause trillions of dollars of damage by 2100. I am hearing the same from the Europeans, Brazilians, Mexicans and other smaller countries like Costa Rica which I have spoken to.
"We have only one planet", Ban stressed.
China and other countries have implored Trump to not abandon America's commitments on climate change. Each country has put forward national plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
Pershing said representatives of other countries had told him that they would continue to move ahead on their chosen low-carbon trajectories irrespective of Trump's decision on climate change.
"People ask why should Nigeria bother about Climate Change".
A coalition of over 375 nongovernmental organizations delivered a letter to global leaders with an urgent demand for climate action, no new fossil fuel development. "China, India, and other economic competitors are racing to be the global clean energy superpower, and the United States doesn't want to be left behind".
Pershing said the U.S. will soon see the transition to a new presidential administration and that in the coming weeks, he expects personnel from the transition team to start arriving at the State Department to begin planning the "shape and thrust" of American diplomacy for the next four years.