Thursday, 15 September 2011

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke at Sydney University and set sustainable development as the key issue for the planet

On 8th September 2011, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon had a speech at Sydney University where he outlined the importance of sustainable development as the top issue facing the planet with the world's seven billionth person expected to be born next month.
The new UN strategy needs to put together the number of challenges the world is facing today in particular:

Climate change
Water scarcity 
Energy shortages
Global health issues 
Food insecurity 
Empowerment of the world's women

The UN will hold the 17th conference of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Durban, South Africa from 28 November to 9 December 2011.
This occasion represent the last chance to renew the Kyoto Protocol, the only binding global deal to cut greenhouse gases.
The Protocol's initial five-year commitment period, covering 37 industrialized countries, expires at the end of 2012. Ban said the summit needs to keep building on what has been achieved. "We need ambitious mitigation targets that ensure that any increase in global average temperature remains below two degrees Centigrade," he said.
"Moreover, given that the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol expires next year, a political formula must be found to ensure that a robust, post-2012 climate regime is agreed upon, and is not delayed by negotiating gamesmanship."
The Kyoto Protocol's future is uncertain because China and the United States, the world's top two polluters, are not subject to its constraints.

United Nations Framework
Climate Change

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