UN Secretary-General Hopeful Ahead of Final Leg of Climate Change Negotiations

© UN3 October 2009: Speaking at Copenhagen University, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “tackling climate change can set us on the road to peace and prosperity for all.”

He also said the “frozen” positions preventing governments from making progress in negotiations a new greenhouse gas emissions treaty were beginning to “thaw.”

Ban highlighted the success of the largest climate change summit in history, held at the United Nations on 22 September, attended by 101 Heads of State and government, saying the summit helped to “turn up the heat” on world leaders. Underscoring the importance of financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, Ban said many leaders rallied around a proposal for providing $100 billion per year over the next decade. [UN Press Release][titulolink]