A Humanitarian Approach to Tackling Climate Change

On the 24th of September a major event took place in the UN with about 80 heads of states and heads of government meeting at the invitation of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the subject of climate change. In his opening address the Secretary General said, “Climate change is a serious threat to development everywhere. Indeed, the adverse impacts of climate change could undo much of the investments made to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).” The former Secretary General Mr. Kofi Annan had brought about a remarkable consensus among world leaders to establish the MDGs, and for the world to meet these by the year 2015. It is now clear that climate change threatens the achievement of these goals, so vital to the well-being of human society and the elimination of widespread poverty. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has brought out three Working Group Reports this year which provide a comprehensive assessment of the extent and nature of climate change, the seriousness of impacts in various parts of the world and measures for mitigation of emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) which account for this problem. The final part of IPCC’s Fourth Assessment (AR4), the Synthesis Report, is due to be released by mid-November 2007 to provide a comprehensive policy relevant framework. Full Text