UN Secretary General Discusses Climate Change Corporate Initiatives with Indian Business Leaders

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture 30 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a

meeting in New Delhi, India, with leading Indian business leaders and Rajendra

Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-

General of TERI, to discuss the corporate initiatives undertaken by the TERI

Business Council to reduce the impact of climate change.

The Secretary-General

highlighted the key role played by the private sector in tackling climate

change, which he called the “defining challenge of our era,” as well as in

devising solutions, including the search for clean energy sources. In this

context, he called on businesses to share their experience and suggestions in

the upcoming climate negotiation process. He noted that many are already

showing leadership in the search for renewables and joined the UN's “Caring for

Climate” initiative, which focuses on business solutions to global warming and

action on climate change. Ban mentioned the encouraging results of recent “Cool

UN” initiative, whereby thermostats were raise by 2º Centigrade at the UN

Headquarters in New York, US, during the summer.

He underscored the importance

of disseminating clean technologies, noting the “clear understanding” that

developed countries should do more to accelerate their transfer of technology

to developing countries, and to operationalize the Adaptation Fund. He

concluded by stressing that “all countries are looking to India,” who will be

one of the few countries to play a decisive role in “helping to agree to a

universal, overall” successor agreement to the Kyoto Protocol by next year. He

added that the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities “should

be the basis of our negotiations.”

Ban also spoke at the Rajiv Gandhi

Foundation, and commended India's efforts to address climate change,

underlining the country's well-established tradition of innovation and

industrial capacity. [UN

Press Release] [UN

Secretary-General's Statement]