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General Assembly President Urges Principled Stand on Securing a 2009 Climate Agreement

General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim 21 July 2008: In a letter to member States, UN General

Assembly President Srgjan Kerim expressed his hope that the Assembly would

adopt a resolution taking a principled stand, demonstrating its relevance, and

sending a strong political message in support of agreeing on a comprehensive

global framework in 2009.

The General Assembly President also noted that, in order to

address the climate change challenge, a multistakeholder approach, with

involvement from the private sector, was needed. Kerim further stressed that

the UN is the best place to provide an integrated response to the complementary

challenges of addressing climate and achieving the Millennium Development

Goals. [UN General

Assembly President's Letter, 21 July 2008]