Figueres named as new UN climate chief

18 05 2010

Christiana Figueres has been appointed as the new UN climate chief. Ban Ki-moon yesterday named Figueres, from Costa Rica, as the successor to Yvo de Boer.

Climate groups such as the WWF Global Climate Initiative welcome the appointment. Kim Carstensen said:

Figueres will bring forward her experience with government, business, and civil society and at the same time the perspective of a developing country government. Her background should allow her to foster trust between countries and to push for an ambitious climate deal.”

Greenpeace International climate policy coordinator, Wendel Trio said:

Christiana Figueres has been lead negotiator for a country that aims to become carbon-neutral by 2021, the type of attitude we need on the global stage. We hope she can really engage all countries in a fast-moving dialogue to get agreement on a global deal that will save the world from dangerous climate change.

Source: UN.org.

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Libs ‘n’ Greens

14 04 2010

The polls are narrowing. Keep an eye on UK Polling Report to follow the trends and see what happens after the historic first ever leaders’ debate on Thursday.

Today it is the turn of the LibDems to launch their election manifesto. According to the Independent climate change will be at the heart of the LibDem manifesto with a “green theme” running through each chapter. Nick Clegg told the Indie:

Climate change is the greatest challenge facing this generation. The old establishment parties offer warm words but weak, compromised solutions. The Liberal Democrats are the only party putting the battle against climate change front and centre.”

And according to Andrew Grice, the Liberal Democrats call for a “carbon-neutral Britain by 2050 and a 40 per cent cut in emissions from 1990 levels by 2020. They want 40 per cent of Britain’s electricity to come from clean, sources by 2020.”

Meanwhile Politics.co.uk has the Green party as favourites to win the constituency of Brighton Pavilion. If you’re interested in the battle for Brighton then this short video from John Harris is worth watching. Over at Liberal Conspiracy, Green Party deputy leader Adrian Ramsay suggests a breakthrough could also be on the cards in the Norwich South constituency.