UN Secretary-General Highlights Role of Parliamentarians in Tackling Climate Change
7 May 2009: In a message delivered to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Conference on the Global Economic Crisis, held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 7-8 May 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon emphasized the role that parliamentarians play in tackling some of the current global crises, including climate change, the financial crisis and the recent H1N1 flu outbreak.
In the message, which was delivered by Supachai Panitchpakdi, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Secretary-General Ban highlighted the current and ongoing impacts of climate change, and the current economic and financial turmoil, and stressed that the world needs the influence of parliamentarians to address these concerns. He urged parliamentarians to act, pointing out their “considerable authority to make decisions that will have long-term repercussions for our collective future.” He also noted that the solutions to the various global problems are inter-related and called for a new multilateralism, highlighting that solutions to climate change must take account of food and energy needs. He added that green energy, green jobs and green growth can provide solutions to the economic crisis. [UN press release] [IPU Conference page] [Secretary-General's speech]