The United Nations System Delivering as one on Climate Change: Helping Countries to Implement the Cancun Agreements

Tuesday, 7 December, 2011, from 13:15 to 14:45
Durban, South Africa

Parties to the Convention and United Nations system leaders shared experiences, highlighted best practices and identified further needs for implementation of the Cancún Agreements. This high-level event of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board focussed on four sub-themes:

  • enhancing readiness and technical assistance for climate finance;
  • building capacity for adaptation in LDCs, SIDS and other vulnerable countries;
  • enhancing technology transfer; and
  • capitalizing on the opportunities of moving towards a green economy.

Ms. Christiana Figueras, UNFCCC Executive Secretary opened the session, which was moderated by Mr. Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered concluding remarks.

The Panel consisted of:

H.E. Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister of Environment and Forests, India
H.E. Mr. Corrado Clini, Minister of Environment, Land and Sea, Italy
H.E. Mr. John Michuki, Minister for Environment and Mineral Resources, Kenya
H.E. Mr. Ali’ioaigi Feturi Elisaia, Permanent Representative of Samoa to the United Nations

Ms. Helen Clark, Administrator, (UNDP) 

Mr. Kandeh Yumkella, Director-General, (UNIDO) 
Mr. Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, (WMO) 
Ms. Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development, (The World BankGroup)

Parties to the Convention and United Nations system leaders had an open exchange on how the United Nations system is responding to country needs on climate change. The discussion centered on concrete and practical tools, programmes and projects of the United Nations system that enhance implementation of the Cancún Agreements in the areas described above.