Remarks at the World Future Energy Summit: The New Climate Negotiations: Ambition, Differentiation and Flexibility
Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
...And pleased to be making my third visit to the region in three months.
...There are, of course, many non-climate benefits to clean energy, but what turns the pursuit of clean energy into a war of necessity, if you will, rather than a war of choice is climate change...The recent meeting in Doha – COP 18 – accomplished what it set out to do – concluding both negotiating tracks that were established in Bali in 2007.
...This, after all, is the point of our entire project: to avoid dangerous climate change and preserve a hospitable world for all of us, our children and those who follow. It is the stated Objective of the entire Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is the UNFCCC’s reason for being.
...After all, the projected damage of climate change – damage already visible in the storms, floods, droughts, fires, dying coral reefs and rising sea levels we see all around us – will surely threaten the core interests of all countries.