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Poznan Climate Change Conference
1-12 December 2008
Poznan, Poland

Highlights from Thursday, 11 December

On Thursday, the high-level segment of the COP and COP/MOP began, with statements from more than 50 ministers and other heads of delegation continuing into the evening. An informal ministerial round table was also held, with participants discussing a shared vision for long-term cooperative action. In addition, contact groups and informal consultations took place throughout the day on a variety of issues, including the CDM, Joint Implementation, compliance, the Adaptation Fund, and the second review of the Protocol under Article 9. On Thursday evening, an informal meeting of ministers took place to give high-level consideration to outstanding issues. Above photo: Lech Kacynski, President of Poland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer walking to the opening plenary.

 

 
 

6 December - 9 December - 10 December -11 December - 12 December

 
FOREST DAY DEVELOPMENT AND CLIMATE DAYS BUSINESS DAY
 
Opening of the High-level Plenary

 
A view of the dais during the opening of the high-level segment.
 
 

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) highlighted opportunities to address climate change and the current global financial crisis simultaneously, through green future investments, the creation of millions of jobs and a “green new deal” for all nations. Lech Kacynski, President of Poland (right), underscored the need to alleviate poverty and address climate change, and highlighted the EU's leading role in combating climate change as one of the best expressions of solidarity.

 
 

Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana (left), said international efforts to address climate change remain “woefully inadequate.” He emphasized the need for a properly-designed REDD mechanism. Apisai Ielemia, Prime Minister of Tuvalu (right), urged operationalization and accessibility of the Adaptation Fund, labeling it as the “survival fund” for SIDS. He urged action by all major emitting countries, arguing that Tuvalu must not be allowed to sink while other countries rise.

 
 

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (left) said the world has the economic and technical capability to mitigate climate change and his government has allocated US$500 million over the next three years for adaptation. UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo do Boer (right) underlined that �the clock is ticking down towards Copenhagen� and urged ministers to send a clear signal from Poznan.

 
 
Miscellaneous photos from the high-level segment
 
Apisai Ielemia, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, and Bharrat Jagdeo, President of Guyana, meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left photo).
 
 
US Senator John Kerry meets with the Secretary-General.
 
 
Ministerial luncheon
 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the luncheon.
 
 
 

 

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