Top Environmentalists And Climatologists Want An African As New UN Climate Chief

Posted: Feb 23 2016, 7:33am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
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Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will be stepping down in July, making way for a new UN climate chief may be African according to the wish of many supporters within the convention - Reuters reports.

“It’s time for the least developed countries to have a chance at that particular slot,” said Saleemul Hug, director of the Dhaka-based International Centre for Climate Change and Development, who among others noted that the world’s poorest countries have been leading in limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius as demonstrated at the just concluded climate conference in Paris in December, 2015.

Huq is nominating Gambia’s environment minister, Pa Ousman Jarju, or Malian scientist and former director of the African Climate Policy Center, Youba Sokono as candidates for the position.

Experts however envisage there might be some problems with the transition to a new UN climate leader given that certain top figures within the field resigned this year – these include Hela Cheikhrouhou of Green Climate Fund, and Laurent Fabius, France’s former foreign minister who helped a lot with the talks in Paris, and now Figueres who will be going by July.

Achala Abeysinghe, a legal adviser on climate issues and a governance expert with the London-based International Institute for Environment and Development, said developing nations greatly cut their emissions to show they are models that would set the pace in reducing man-man activities on our environment, and this among other things qualify them to take the lead in leading the UN climate change initiative.

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