UN Deputy Secretary-General: Addressing Recent Multiple Crises Should Not Deflect Efforts to Tackle Climate Change

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 15 December 2008: Speaking at a meeting of the UN General Assembly on the “follow-up to the outcome of the Millennium Summit: specific meeting focused on development,” taking place in New York, US, on 15 December 2008, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the food, fuel and financial crises threaten to undo poverty reduction efforts.

She underlined that while dealing with these crises, “the threat of

climate change is also upon us,” and stressed that attention should not

be deflected “from tackling this challenging problem.” She noted

advancements in establishing sustainable development as a primary

objective, highlighting that climate change is a widely acknowledged

challenge. She called for the successful conclusion of the Doha Round

of trade negotiations and access to clean technologies to enable

development without exacerbating climate change. [UN Press Release]