Maathai appointed as UN Messenger for Peace on climate issues
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Last Updated: Monday, December 14, 2009, 23:07
Washington: The United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Monday announced to appoint Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai as the UN Messenger for Peace on climate change.

"I am pleased to announce that I will appoint Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai as a Messenger for Peace on climate change issues," Ban told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York before boarding the plane to Copenhagen to attend the last leg of the climate change summit.

"The ceremony will take place tomorrow afternoon in Copenhagen. Professor Maathai's long record of achievement in environmental conservation and sustainable development makes her an excellent choice," Ban said.

Maathai, 68, received the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize for environmental work and reforestation in her native Kenya.

The Secretary General said he and World Bank President Robert Zoellick had recently sent a joint letter to an interested group of heads of state and government, proposing how the UN system and the World Bank will work together to implement an agreement on deforestation and related issues.

"We will follow up in Copenhagen. I will also launch the report of my advisory group on energy and climate change. The decisions we make on our energy future will have far-reaching implications for climate change and development," Ban said.

"But we also see tangible progress on core issues of technology cooperation and financing. We have reached substantial agreement on fast track funding for mitigation and adaptation," he said.

"Looking ahead, we need greater clarity on a robust finance package for the middle and longer-term. It is essential that we leave Copenhagen with a clear understanding of how we will meet the financing challenge through 2020," he added.

"We must also recognise that Copenhagen is only a beginning. Ultimately, success will be measured by our progress on the ground. That is why, in Copenhagen, I will attend to some practical matters of implementing an agreement," said the Secretary General.


First Published: Monday, December 14, 2009, 23:07

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