General Assembly President Discusses Climate Change on Latin American Tour

Statement by H.E. Dr. Srgjan Kerim, President of the United Nations General Assembly

31 July 2008: On his three-country tour of Latin America,

Srgjan Kerim, President of the UN General Assembly, has discussed climate

change with Michelle Bachelet, President of Chile, and addressed its importance

at a conference on the role of the UN in a globalized world.

At the conference, Kerim emphasized the UN's role in bringing together different stakeholders and highlighted climate change as one

of the priorities for the UN General Assembly. Noting the connections between different global problems, he identified the “nexus between climate change, the food crisis, rising energy prices and the growing use of land to produce bio-fuels” as a prime example. [President Kerim's speech, 30 July 2008] [UN

News Centre article on visit to Chile, 30 July 2008] [UN News Centre article on conference, 31 July 2008]