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UN chief says major polluters must present climate pledges, follow examples of US, China, EU

  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, listens to questions during an interview with The Associated Press at the Climate Change Conference, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Ban said that governments must listen to scientists “shouting from the roof tops” and accelerate talks on a global pact to fight climate change. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

    U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, listens to questions during an interview with The Associated Press at the Climate Change Conference, in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Ban said that governments must listen to scientists “shouting from the roof tops” and accelerate talks on a global pact to fight climate change. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Vice President of the Unites States Al Gore, left, Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, second lef, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, second right, and Peru's Environment Minister and President of the COP, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, gather at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima, to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Former Vice President of the Unites States Al Gore, left, Former President of Mexico Felipe Calderon, second lef, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, center, Peru's President Ollanta Humala, second right, and Peru's Environment Minister and President of the COP, Manuel Pulgar Vidal, gather at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima, to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former United States Vice President Al Gore, left, has his picture with a woman as he arrives for at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima, to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

    Former United States Vice President Al Gore, left, has his picture with a woman as he arrives for at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Delegates from more than 190 countries are meeting in Lima, to work on drafts for a global climate deal that is supposed to be adopted next year in Paris. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)  (The Associated Press)

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says governments must listen to scientists "shouting from the roof tops" and accelerate talks on a global pact to fight climate change.

With U.N. talks in Lima in their scheduled penultimate day, Ban told AP on Thursday the time for "procedural matters is over." He said countries must get down to substance.

Ban also called on big carbon polluters to follow the examples of China, the U.S. and the European Union and announce emissions targets for a planned deal next year in Paris. India, Russia and Japan and other major carbon emitters haven't made pledges. Ban said: "I'm really urging them to follow suit."

Governments are supposed to submit their pledges by the end of March, though many have indicated they need more time.