UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: We Must Seal the Deal on Climate Change

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bankimoonstanding5.JPGUnited Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the Global Environment Forum in Incheon, Korea on Tuesday

Day One of the Global Environment Forum, where UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon addressed the conference on the need for a climate change deal in Copenhagen, while remnants from Typhoon Morakot ravaged the streets of Incheon outside with torrential rain.

"We must seal the deal in Copenhagen for the fate of humanity," he told the 1,000 Korean and global sustainability leaders. "We must push, pull and conjure national leaders in acting in our common interest.

I addressed the conference on the topic of Climate Change and Urban Sustainability, after I met Ban following his speech. 

Ban compared the conference to the 1950 Incheon landing of General Douglass MacArthur with UN troops to save South Korea from invading forces from the north ("a daring operation--against all odds"), only this time the common global foe is lack of committed leadership.  

He announced two summit events in the US he will lead: one in New York on September 22, the other in Pittsburgh on September 24, to rally Copenhagen support with international leaders.

Secretary General Ban said developing nations in Copenhagen must be prepared to support developing nations (India and China) with technical support and significant public-private funding: "billions of dollars in financial support--not repackaged development money." 

Put more bluntly by Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Director Mr. Lorents Lorentsen, "Copenhagen won't go through unless there's cash on the table for China and India."



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Warren Karlenzig, Common Current founder and president, has worked with the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (lead co-author United Nations Shanghai Manual: A Guide to Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century, 2011); United Nations Center for Regional Development (training of mayors from 13 Asian nations on city sustainable economic development and technology); provinces of Guizhou and Guangdong, China (urban sustainability master planning and green city standards); the United States White House and Environmental Protection Agency (Eco-Industrial Park planning and Industrial Ecology primer); the nation of South Korea ("New Cities Green Metrics"); The European Union ("Green and Connected Cities Initiative"); the State of California ("Comprehensive Recycling Communities" and "Sustainable Community Plans"); major cities; and the world's largest corporations developing policy, strategy, financing and critical operational capacities for 20 years.

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