UN Secretary-General to Attend Climate Change Conference in Poland

25 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend the next round of climate negotiations in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland. At the opening of the High-level Segment, he will articulate his ideas for some of the key issues under negotiation, such as the nature of the shared vision needed for long-term cooperative action on climate change.

He is also expected to reiterate his call on countries not to abandon

their commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions because of the

global financial crisis, but rather to take this opportunity to address

both challenges by investing in alternative, low-carbon energy systems.

He will also demonstrate the readiness of the UN system to support

governments in implementing existing and future agreements. [UN Press Release]