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Ban Ki-moon says current climate pledges are insufficient to fight global warming

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    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, and Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski shake hands prior to their meeting , in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Ban Ki-moon will attend the U.N. Climate Conference held in Warsaw. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)The Associated Press

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    Phillipine delegate Yeb Sano speaks to the press about his global petition to delegates at the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Sano's petition was backed by over 600,000 people around the world calling for urgent action to prevent more super Typhoons like Haiyan. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)The Associated Press

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    Phillipine delegate Yeb Sano second left, surrounded by supporters, speaks to the press about his global petition to delegates at the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Sano's petition was backed by more than 600,000 people around the world calling for urgent action to prevent more super Typhoons like Haiyan. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)The Associated Press

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    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, left, listens to Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, right, as they stand in front of a banner showing Polish national emblem , in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Ban Ki-moon will attend the U.N. Climate Conference held in Warsaw. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)The Associated Press

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    Phillipine delegate for climate negotiations Yeb Sano speaks to the press about his global petition to delegates at the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw, in Warsaw, Poland, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. Sano's petition was backed by more than 600,000 people around the world calling for urgent action to prevent more super Typhoons like Haiyan. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)The Associated Press

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged governments to put forth more ambitious plans to cut carbon emissions, saying "current pledges are simply inadequate."

Speaking Tuesday to a U.N. climate conference in Warsaw, Ban said countries need to "set the bar higher" as they negotiate a new global climate agreement that is supposed to be adopted in 2015.

He asked countries to bring announcements on climate action to a special summit of world leaders in New York next September.

Warning that people around the world now "face and fear the wrath of a warming climate," Ban urged delegates in Warsaw to think about their legacy: "Plan not only for your country, but for your neighbor and your neighbor's neighbor."

The two-week conference is set to end Friday.