Ban Ki-Moon Scolds Rich Countries Backtracking on Climate - Bloomberg
Some developed countries “that are supposed to be taking leadership are now backtracking,” Ban said at UN climate talks in Warsaw today. “That’s quite disappointing. We have to take urgent action.”IISD RS @ Coverage of Selected Side Events at the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - Day 8, Warsaw, Poland
The comments were meant to goad envoys from almost 190 nations at the meeting to step up their efforts to cut fossil-fuel emissions blamed for damaging the atmosphere.
UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner welcomed participants. COP 19 President Marcin Korolec highlighted the UN system as a catalyst in mobilizing sustainable development, outlining linkages between the post-2015 development agenda process and negotiations under the ADP. He highlighted the work to be done in the next week towards an ambitious global agreement that addresses the defining issue of our era and ensures it does not undercut sustainable development.[Oct '13] Debunking the U.N. Climate-Change Conspiracy - NationalJournal.com
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said this has to be the development banks and the UN’s obsession, stressing the world is running out of time. She called for moving to a meaningful and technical draft agreement, calling for “just doing it.”
"Here's the simple truth. The U.N. does not do anything that its member countries don't want to do. Period. There is no such thing as the U.N. being a super-national authority imposing anything on governments. It just doesn't exist.[Dec '12] UN Summit Fails to Enact “Complete Transformation” of the World
The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, concluded on Saturday, December 8, accomplishing somewhat less than “a complete transformation of the economic structure of the world,” a goal that conference chief Christiana Figueres had announced at the start of the global summit.