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Helping Countries to Implement the Cancún agreements

07 December 2011, Durban
UNEP Executive Director moderates Panel with Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, UN heads and countries to discuss how the United nations system is helping to power climate solutions.
Under the leadership of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has aligned the strengths, capacities and expertise of the organizations of the UN system to deliver as one in addressing the challenge of climate change.

CEB High-Level Side Event - UN system delivering as one to address climate change
Helping Countries to Implement the Cancún agreements
COP17/CMP7 Climate Change Conference, Durban, South Africa
07 December 2011 from 13:15 – 14:45

One UN High Level Side Event - UN system delivering as one to address climate change One UN High Level Side Event - UN system delivering as one to address climate change
One UN High Level Side Event - UN system delivering as one to address climate change

Under the leadership of the United Nations Secretary-General, the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) has aligned the strengths, capacities and expertise of the organizations of the UN system to deliver as one in addressing the challenge of climate change. The objective of collective action by the CEB was, and continues to be, to support the process for an international agreement within the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), as well as to support the efforts of member states at national, regional and global levels in tackling the multifaceted challenge presented by climate change.

On 7 December the CEB held a high-level side event focused on fostering dialogue between governments and UN system leaders to share experiences, highlight best practices and identify further needs for implementation of the Cancún Agreements. The side event, moderated by Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, conveyed the overarching theme of implementing the Cancun agreements at the country level, which highlighted best practices and lessons learned in working with governments on four sub-themes: (i) enhancing readiness and technical assistance for climate finance; (ii) building capacity for adaptation in LDCs, SIDS and other vulnerable countries; (iii) enhancing technology transfer and (iv) capitalizing on the opportunities of moving towards a green economy. Parties to the Convention and United Nations system leaders had an open exchange on how the United Nations system is responding to country needs on climate change. The discussion was centered on concrete and practical tools, programmes and projects of the United Nations system that enhance implementation of the Cancún Agreements.

The event was opened by Ms. Christiana Figueras, UNFCCC Executive Secretary and moderated by Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered concluding remarks.

Panelists included a mix of representatives of the Parties, Executive Heads and senior official of the UN system. The panellists were:

  • H.E. Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India
  • H.E. Mr. Corrado Clini, Minister of Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
  • H.E. Mr. John Michuki, Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya
  • H.E. Mr. Ali’ioaigi Feturi Elisaia, Permanent Representative of Samoa to the United Nations
  • Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, United Nations Development Programme
  • Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
  • Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development, The World Bank

To further showcase the system contribution in addressing climate change, the CEB established a culture of information and knowledge sharing by producing a range of joint flyers and side events in 17 areas.

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