UN Secretary-General at UN Day Concert: How Can We Afford Not to Tackle Climate Change?
27 October 2008: In a speech delivered on 24 October 2008,
in New York, US, at the concert for UN Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
welcomed Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, who were performing, as well as
the Heads of UN agencies and programmes who had gathered for the biannual
meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board.
He recalled the success of the
Millennium Development Goals event in September, which generated unprecedented
commitment in pledges and partnerships to help the world's poor. He called for
similar partnerships to address climate change, in the run-up to the UN climate
conferences in Poznan and Copenhagen. He stressed that the financial crisis
“must not deter us from the fight against poverty and climate change,” noting
that the economic case for action is as equally compelling as the science, and
highlighted the need to transition to an “era of green growth.” [UN Press