UN chief urges creative climate thinking

The Executive Secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has called for more action in tackling climate change issues agreed in 2010. As climate change talks at […]

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By Tom Gibson

The Executive Secretary for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has called for more action in tackling climate change issues agreed in 2010.

As climate change talks at the UN in Bangkok got underway yesterday, Christiana Figueres highlighted that that the Kyoto Protocol is the world’s only climate change agreement and emphasised international collaboration:

“Governments need to figure out how to address this issue and how to take it forward in a collective and inclusive way. Resolving the issue will create a firmer foundation for a greater collective ambition to cut emissions.”

Ms Figueres was positive in her outlook: “If governments move forward in the continued spirit of flexibility and compromise that inspired them in Mexico, then I’m confident they can make significant new progress in 2011.”

The UN Climate Change Conference in Bangkok is being attended by 1500 participants from 173 countries and includes government delegates, representatives from business and industry, environmental organisations and research institutions.