Wednesday, December 20, 2006

UN Foundation-Club of Madrid Tackle Climate Change

The UN Foundation and the Club of Madrid are joining forces to tackle Climate Change through the formation of an independent high-level task force, according to a post on excerpted here. The Club of Madrid is composed of 66 democratic former Heads of State and Government from 50 countries around the world. It offers a neutral advice on major global issues affecting sustainable democratic development.

The Task Force will offer recommendations to the Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development, launched at the G8 summit in Gleneagles in July 2005. The Dialogue involves 20 countries -- the G8 plus Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria, Poland, Spain, South Africa, and South Korea, as well as the European Commission. The Dialogue will report back to the G8 in 2008.

The Task Force will be chaired by Ricardo Lagos, President of the Club of Madrid, and Timothy E. Wirth, President of the UN Foundation. "We are fast approaching a tipping point on global warming, and it is time for more concerted action to avoid dangerous impacts on our economic and environmental systems," said Wirth, who led the U.S. climate team as Undersecretary of State for Global Affairs under President Clinton. "The basic building blocks of an international agreement are readily identifiable -- but political will and consensus have been elusive. Together with the Club of Madrid, we are creating this task force to harness the wisdom of former world leaders and demonstrate that a political consensus is possible -- before it is too late."
"We know that a sustainable energy future is possible and the costs are not out of reach, but increased political will and greater collaboration between developed and developing countries are missing," said Lagos, who served as President of Chile from 2000 to 2006. "We hope that by using this forum of high-level dialogues, we'll be able to make clear, concise recommendations on the next steps to mitigate climate change and empower our leaders to move quickly and forcefully on this important issue."

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