General Assembly president stresses the urgency of achieving a breakthrough in climate negotiations

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Vuk Jeremić, President of the sixty-seventh session of the General Assembly

It is our most solemn and urgent duty—both as individuals and nations, that are now more interdependent than ever before—to achieve the breakthrough [in climate change negotiations] that allows us to leave the world in better shape than we found it.

The plea comes from the President of the UN General Assembly Vuk Jeremic in remarks to the High-level segment of the climate change conference in Doha, Qatar.

He offered that increased support by the General Assembly for the efforts of the delegations to successive Conference of the Parties on Climate Change could help spur the world to more rapid and concerted action.

Mr. Jeremic said he was ready to do his best to engage the General Assembly so that the international community could act more in concert with one another.

It was his intention he said, to schedule a high-level thematic debate on the subject of climate change, green energy and water sustainability during the resumed part of the 67th Session of the General Assembly that would aim to increase political awareness and support for the benefits of embracing the paradigm shift to renewable, low-carbon energy systems.

General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic warned that the window of opportunity to prevent the effects of climate change from spiraling out of control is closing.

And he added "when future generations look upon the choices we made, let them not be forced to exclaim that we failed to act in time.

Donn Bobb, United Nations

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