UN chief appoints two new envoys on climate change

Former Botswanan president Festus Mogae, seen here in March 2008, and former Macedonian foreign minister Srgjan Kerim, who has just stepped down as president of the UN General Assembly, were appointed as new US special envoys on climate change.UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – UN chief Ban Ki-moon has appointed two new special envoys on climate change, one of his top priorities, his press office said Thursday in a statement.

Former Botswanan president Festus Mogae and former Macedonian foreign minister Srgjan Kerim, who has just stepped down as president of the UN General Assembly, are to join two other special envoys for climate change appointed last year: former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos and Norwegian ex-prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Their role will be to “support the secretary general in his consultations with heads of state and governments as well as other key stakeholders, to facilitate progress” in the ongoing multilateral talks on climate change, the statement said.

A ministerial international conference is to be held in the Polish city of Poznan in early December to weigh steps needed to respond, mitigate and adapt to global warming.

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