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U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, South African President Jacob Zuma, center, and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, right, attend the opening of the ministerial stage of a two-week 194-nation conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa. (AP)
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, left, South African President Jacob Zuma, center, and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, right, attend the opening of the ministerial stage of a two-week 194-nation conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa. (AP)

An international treaty on climate change won't be enough to avert a dangerous rise in global temperatures, according to the head of the UN Environment Program, who also said that countries need to make voluntary reductions to their emissions.

Meanwhile, U.N. chief Ban Ki-Moon said an all-encompassing climate deal "may be beyond our reach" for now.

Ban spoke at the UN climate conference in Durban, South Africa, where a coalition of influential environmental groups have launched a scathing attack on the American negotiating team, accusing them of blocking progress and demanding that they change their stance or leave the conference.

We have a report from the BBC's Mike Williams in Durban.

This program aired on December 6, 2011.

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