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March 1st, 2010

united-nationsFollow-up on Copenhagen Accord on Climate Change

The United Nations has set-up a High-Level Panel to implement a key component of the Copenhagen Accord to promote climate mitigation and adaptation financing in developing countries.

The Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing must design a mechanism to channel cash from developed nations to projects aimed at protecting agriculture and infrastructure from rising seas and weather extremes. The group will also propose strategies for boosting renewable energy and clean technology investments in poor nations in an effort to move stalled international negotiations forward. Two Prime Ministers — Great Britain’s Gordon Brown and Ethiopia’s Meles Zenawi — will lead the panel, whose representation will be divided equally between developed and developing nations’ governments.

World Day for Social Justice Highlights Need for Economic Justice

At the UN observance of the International Day for Social Justice the 20th February, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated, “Social justice must be based on the values of fairness, equality and respect for diversity as more important than ever amid a global financial and economic crisis that has significantly increased unemployment and poverty and is straining social integration. . . The world’s major economies are beginning to emerge from this global downturn, we must ensure that the world’s people do so too.”

He called for a major push this year to put countries back on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, which seek to slash a host of social ills, from extreme poverty and hunger to maternal and infant mortality, to lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015, calling them one of the United Nation’s key means of bringing social justice and development together to benefit the poorest and most vulnerable.

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