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Jens Stoltenberg becomes UN special envoy on Climate Change

Last updated: 1/17/2014 // - The world is not on track in achieving the climate goals we have set for ourselves, says Jens Stoltenberg. The former prime minister of Norway is newly appointed special envoy on Climate Change by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon together with the former president of Ghana, John Kufour.

Stoltenberg and Kofour will assist  Secretary General Ban over the next months in meetings with world leaders to address the important issue of climate change, and the essential need for action. These meetings are of utter importance towards The 2014 Climate Summit which will be held in New York during The General Assembly meeting in September .

The 2014 Climate Summit will be an important milestone in order to achieve a universal and legal agreement at the UN led Climate talks in Paris, France in 2015. The outcomes at this conference would enter into force in 2020, and cut climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions, as well as build climate resilient communities.

Stoltenberg is well recognized for his environmental engagement, having led a 21 member High Level Advisory Group focusing on international emissions trading in 2010. In 2010 Stoltenberg also convened a group consisting of the most important forest countries , contributing to measures against deforestations in these countries.

In early January 2014 Stoltenberg met with UN leaders, and representatives from The World Bank and other institutions to discuss climate change. Amongst them were Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Christina Figueres, as well as Achim Steiner and Helen Clark from UNDP.

Read the press release on Jens Stoltenberg appointed Special Envoy here

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