Climate Change Meeting at UN

Written by  //  September 24, 2007  //  Climate Change, United Nations  //  1 Comment

UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to act quickly to deal with climate change.
He told a gathering of heads of state in New York that a global agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions must be negotiated through the UN.
Leaders and representatives of 150 countries are gathering to discuss global warming and how to combat it.
US President George W Bush is not attending. He will host his own meeting on climate change later in the week.
Mr Ban told the unprecedented gathering: “If we do not act now, the impact of climate change will be devastating,” he said.
“We have affordable measures and technologies to begin addressing the problem right now. What we do not have is time.”
Graphic of world positions on climate change

One Comment on "Climate Change Meeting at UN"

  1. Diana Thébaud Nicholson September 28, 2007 at 2:56 pm · Reply

    On Monday the United Nations held a special summit in New York to discuss climate change. Not to be outdone, George Bush has convened a two-day conference of his own on the subject.
    … Many environmentalists dismiss the summit as an exercise in public relations. The Bush administration is trying to look less recalcitrant about climate change, they argue, without actually changing its policy. Cynics suggest that American officials might be able to keep their various working groups working on plans at working meetings until the president leaves office. More optimistic souls hope Mr Bush is keeping his options open, and leaving room for a sudden conversion to greenery late in his tenure, should public pressure for more resolute action continue to grow. At the very least, the summit keeps global warming in the news, and helps to foster sense of urgency.

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