( WST ) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has visited Antarctica to see first-hand the impact of climate change and the melting of glaciers.
Ban flew from Chile's southernmost city of Punta Arenas to that country's station on the Antarctica, Chilean Air Force President Eduardo Frei base, accompanied by officials and scientists.
From there, he took a 45-minute flight over the region, seeing several glaciers.
The UN leader also visited the Antarctic bases of Uruguay and South Korea, his home country. At the Korean base he was greeted by a small reception and offered traditional Korean food and drink. He then returned to Punta Arenas.
On Friday, Ban attended the opening of the Ibero-American summit, a gathering of leaders from Latin American countries, Spain and Portugal, that is being held in Chile's capital Santiago.
He told summit delegates that global warming will be a central concern of his term as head of the world body.
Ban is scheduled on Sunday to visit Torres del Paine national park, where experts say the effects of global warming on glaciers is evident.