UN Secretary-General announces 'Climate Action 2016' partnership
Dec 6, Paris: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced a broad group of organizations will partner in 2016 to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation.
Speaking at the UN climate change conference (COP21), Ban said, “I am heartened by the significant and growing coalitions that are emerging to tackle the challenges of climate change and realize new opportunities.”
He joined by groups such as the World Bank, the Global Environment Facility and the Compact of Mayors, and individuals including Michael Bloomberg – the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change – will co-sponsor a “Climate Action 2016” summit of leaders from government, business, cities and localities, civil society and academia next 5 and 6 May in Washington, D.C.
According to a press release issued by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – the organizer of the conference – this high-level gathering will complement ongoing implementation efforts and catalyze actionable, concrete deliverables in specific high-value areas, including: cities; land use; resilience; energy; transport; tools for decision makers; and finance.
Meanwhile, the world's attention is turned towards the Paris-Le Bourget site north-east of the French capital, where government representatives have been meeting since Monday to reach a new universal climate agreement to limit global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius.
The Oslo Times