UN Secretary-General Urges Concrete Action on Climate Change in Remarks to Conference on World Economic Crisis

© UN24 June 2009: Addressing the UN Conference on the World Financial and Economic Crisis and its Impact on Development taking place in New York, US, from 24-26 June 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that we are still going through a multiple food, energy, and economic crisis, and that “the effects of climate change and extreme poverty have become even starker.”

He stressed the need for international solidarity and for “us, collectively, to make sure that good intentions translate into concrete action.”

He listed upcoming opportunities to strengthen global growth, mitigate climate change and combat extreme poverty, including the G-8 Summit in Italy in July, the Climate Change Summit in New York in September, and the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh. Ban indicated that he had sent a letter to G-8 leaders urging the commitment of resources to help the poorest and most vulnerable adapt to climate change and to “seal the deal” in Copenhagen this December. [UN Press Release][Conference Website]