[hepr-vn] LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE CRITICAL ROLE TO PLAY IN FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE -- BAN [in China visit]
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Subject: LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE CRITICAL ROLE TO PLAY IN FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE
CHANGE -- BAN
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2009 15:00:02 -0400
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LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE CRITICAL ROLE TO PLAY IN FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE -- BAN
New York, Jul 25 2009 3:00PM
National and local governments must work more closely together in tackling
climate change if the world is going to mount an effective response to the
problem, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today as his continued to spotlight
green issues during his official visit to China.
Mr. Ban toured the city of Xi'an, renowned for its 2,000-year-old terracotta
warriors, and saw first-hand the efforts of local authorities to protect the
environment and maintain cultural heritage while transforming the city into a
more modern urban area that can handle its growing population.
He also met with the Governor of Shaan'Xi province, visited a solar energy
research centre and a sewage treatment site, and toured the Terra Cotta Warriors
Museum, which is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.
In his meetings Mr. Ban praised local authorities for their efforts and urged
national and lo
cal governments worldwide to better integrate their approaches to climate change
to ensure they are more effective.
"National governments can have their national policies, but after all it is
provincial governments who have to implement these policies and even from this
kind of bottom-up support, policies will be much more effective than to-down
policies," he said.
"Top-down policies by the central government and bottom-up policies by the local
governments, one day united," means that the world can successfully address
climate change and sustainable economic development, according to the
Mr. Ban, on the second day of his visit to China, today also reiterated the
importance of Chinese leadership for the global climate change talks being held
in Copenhagen, Denmark, this December.
Those talks are supposed to result in an emissions pact to succeed the Kyoto
Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.
Tomorrow Mr. Ban is slated to travel to Mongolia, wher
e he will address the challenges of climate change and adaptation with an
emphasis on the special needs of landlocked countries.
Mongolia is one of 30 landlocked developing countries, which face a number of
constraints to their economic development, including lack of territorial access
to the sea, remoteness and isolation from world markets and high transit costs.
Mr. Ban is expected to meet with President Elbegdorj Tsakhia, Prime Minister
Bayar Sanj and Foreign Minister Sukhbaatar Batbold. He will also spend time in a
traditional Mongolian herder community that is faced with water shortages and
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