UNFCCC chief calls for stepped up response to climate changeListen /
There's been a call for a greatly stepped-up response to climate change by all parts of society. The call comes from the Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Christiana Figueres in reaction to word that the global concentration of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached its highest levels ever passing the 400 parts per million mark.
She says "we have crossed an historic threshold and entered a new danger zone," adding that "The world must wake up and take note of what this means for human security, human welfare and economic development".
Ms. Figueres warns that "in the face of clear and present danger, we need a policy response which truly rises to the challenge". She says "we still have a chance to stave off the worst effects of climate change, but this will require a greatly stepped-up response across all three central pillars of action: action by the international community, by government at all levels, and by business and finance”.
Governments will be meeting 3 – 14 June in Bonn for the next round of climate change talks under the umbrella of the UNFCCC. A central focus of the talks will be negotiations to build a new global climate agreement and to drive greater immediate climate action.
Donn Bobb, United Nations.