by the United Nations

This event presented efforts in coordinating UN agencies’ response to climate

Yvo de Boer, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,
noted that any agreement reached in Copenhagen
in 2009 will need to be implemented effectively on the ground and said that the
"UN System Delivering as One" initiative can make an enormous
contribution to strong implementation and enhanced public awareness.

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the UN, highlighted that the Chief Executive
Board’s purpose is to that the UN thinks, speaks and delivers as one, and championed
the idea to earmark a certain portion of stimulus bailout to climate change

Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization,
underscored the importance of investment in weather monitoring networks, and
said that World Climate Conference-3 will contribute to the success of global
initiatives aimed at improving society’s resilience to climate risks. Achim
Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme, described
the work of UN-Energy partners on the issues of energy efficiency, energy
access and renewables. He stated that UN objectivity, independence and science
can overcome short-term interests and restore trust.

Kandeh Yumkella, Director General, UN Industrial Development Organization,
stressed that the UN plays a catalytic role in establishing market mechanisms,
building capacity to access these markets, and facilitating technology
transfer. Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social
Affairs, stressed that climate change is a sustainable development issue and
that technology transfer is a cross-cutting issue that receives priority under
the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN Agency for Human Settlements Providing
Adequate Shelter for All (UN-HABITAT), noted that UN-HABITAT is confronted with
both climate change and population growth, and advocated the empowerment of
communities so that they can solve their own problems. Katherine Sierra,
Vice-President for Sustainable Development, World Bank, stressed the importance
of incentive frameworks, the need to change financial behavior and the critical
role of the private sector in addressing climate change.

Participants discussed: reduced emissions from deforestation and forest
degradation; land degradation; information and communication technologies;
adaptation and risk reduction; climate change and food security; tourism and
green jobs; and lack of coherence within the UN system.