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UN Secretary-General Addresses Second Climate Vulnerable Forum

Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General14 November 2011: The second Climate Vulnerable Forum Ministerial-level Meeting was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 14 November 2011, following a senior officers-level meeting on 13 November 2011. The meeting gathered countries that are most vulnerable to climate change with a view to speaking with one voice to press for external support in the areas of adaptation, capacity building and technology transfer.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered opening remarks, emphasizing the need to enhance disaster risk reduction (DRR) and adaptation policies, prioritize adaptation and follow a pro-development, low-carbon path.

He also stated that the Durban Climate Change Conference, in late 2011, “must complete what was agreed last year in Cancun,” pointing to the full operationalization of the adaptation framework and technology-transfer mechanisms, advancement of a work programme on loss and damage to respond to the needs of vulnerable countries, clarification on the future of the Kyoto Protocol and on short-term and longer-term climate-change financing, and launching the Green Climate Fund. [Meeting Website] [UN Secretary-General's Remarks]