Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

New Global Climate Change Agreement by 2015

WARSAW, Poland, November 20, 2013 (ENS) – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on government leaders to prioritize the environment in domestic politics and contribute to climate financing as a way of moving towards a new global climate change agreement by 2015.

“This can do more than anything to unlock the huge investment necessary for climate change adaptation and mitigation,”  Ban told a ministerial-level meeting on the margins of the UN-led climate change negotiations underway in the Polish capital.

The high-level ministerial portion of the Warsaw talks opened Tuesday and will continue through the rest of the week, culminating in an outcome document scheduled to be agreed on November 22.

Today heads of government and ministers considered progress made in mobilizing long-term climate finance, including efforts by developed countries to scale up finance.

“We must send the right policy signals,” Ban said.

Ban said the development of high-impact opportunities would unlock clean energy investments, close the viability gap between green projects and fossil fuel projects and remove risk from renewable energy and low-carbon investments.

He called for public finance, private finance, and support to the Green Climate Fund as three areas for common action.

“Smart public financing can encourage local and international private investments,” said Ban, urging investors and companies to join forces with the public sector.

Ban today also met with chief executives and senior representatives attending the inaugural Caring for Climate Business Forum being held in Warsaw alongside the UN Climate Change Conference.

The Forum was launched by UN Global Compact, the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, and the UN Environment Programme.

“The bulk of institutional investors’ assets are in high carbon investments,” said Ban. “These investors have the power – and I believe the responsibility – to do their part in transforming the global economy and settling us on a safer path.”

Speaking in the plenary session, Ban called for support to the newly established Green Climate Fund, which functions within the framework of the UNFCCC. It is intended to be the focus of efforts to raise climate financing for developing countries of US$100 billion a year by 2020.


Entering the Warsaw National Stadium for the start of high-level talks, from left: COP19 President Marcin
Korolec, Donald Tusk, Prime Minister of Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, Nov. 19, 2013 (Photo courtesy Earth Negotiations Bulletin)

Based in the new Songdo district of Incheon, South Korea, the Green Climate Fund aims to enable countries to develop the capabilities and institutions needed to use climate finance effectively.

Ban described the current state of the new Green Climate Fund as “an empty shell” and called for it to be brought into full operation “as soon as possible” so support can flow to developing countries for their efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

Hela Cheikhrouhou, who heads the new Green Climate Fund, said the fund is “getting ready to open for business.” The opening ceremony for the Fund’s headquarters  is set for December 4 in Songdo.

Cheikhrouhou is director of the Energy, Environment and Climate Change Department of the African Development Bank. Speaking in Warsaw, she called on the Green Climate Fund’s 24-member Board of Directors to adopt the necessary decisions for it to begin operating. She asked developing countries to identify priorities that will enable them to make requests to the fund, and she called on developed countries to contribute to the fund and catalyze private sector contributions.

Delivering a keynote address, UK economist Nicholas Stern warned that “government-induced policy risk” is the biggest barrier to private investment. He called for increased support for the greening of development in poorer countries.

In the high-level discussion on climate finance today, COP19 President Marcin Korolec, Poland’s environment minister, urged called on governments to make progress in Warsaw on adaptation finance, predictability and mobilization from a broad range of financial sources.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete emphasized the need for funding to the least developed countries, improved transparency, harmonized financial procedures and access to financial resources.

finance leaders

In Warsaw, from left: Hela Cheikhrouhou, Executive Director, Green Climate Fund; Maria Kiwanuka, Minister of Finance, Uganda; Martin Lidegaard, Minister for Climate and Energy, Denmark; and Naoko Ishii, CEO and Chairperson, the Global Environment Facility, Nov. 20, 2013 (Photo courtesy ENB)

Naoko Ishii, head of the independent financial organization Global Environment Facility, GEF, emphasized that transition to a low-carbon economy requires finance and pointed out that public finance can play a catalytic role in unleashing private sector potential.

Todd Stern, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, who leads the U.S. delegation, also stressed that collaboration among donor countries to strengthen public finance can be an effective means to leverage private investment.

G77+ China negotiator Juan Hoffmeister walked out of a negotiating session today when developed country delegates failed to endorse his proposal that compensation for loss and damages from climate change is needed now and not after 2015 when a new climate change agreement is scheduled to be signed in Paris.

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