During his week-long, seven-nation tour, Ban also plans to attend a donor's conference in Paris on reconstruction aid for Lebanon and visit the International Court of Justice and Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague.
But Africa will be the primary focus of the trip, with stops in the Congo, Kenya, and Ethiopia.
View a photo gallery summarizing some key findings of the Stern report on the economic costs of global warming (epa)
THE STERN REPORT: In October, former World Bank chief economist Sir Nicholas Stern issued a 700-page report on the economic impact of global warming. The report, which was commissioned by the British government, estimates that climate change could cost between 5 and 20 percent of global GDP by the end of the century....(more)