UN Secretary-General Stresses Linkages Between Climate Change, Development and the Global Economy

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 24 November 2008: In an editorial published in the Japan Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores that the financial crisis is unique and potentially overwhelming, and warns against the risk of it evolving into “tomorrow's human crisis.”

Recognizing the need for long-term measures, he calls for immediate

responses to poverty and hunger, the food crisis and climate change. He

outlines the main messages he delivered at the Group of 20 financial

summit in Washington DC, US, on 15 November, and urges all States to

send “their highest-level representatives to Doha with full

determination to do what must be done” on the review of progress on

financing for development.

On the UNFCCC negotiations, he stresses the

urgent need to reach an agreement in Copenhagen in 2009, noting that

“the sooner we have such an agreement in place, the sooner we will see

the green investments and green growth we so badly need.” In

concluding, he highlights the need for solutions to the interrelated

issues of the global economy, climate change and development. [The Editorial]