General News of 2013-12-24

Kufuor appointed UN Special Envoy on Climate Change

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has appointed former President John Agyekum Kufuor and former Prime Minister of Norway, Jens Stoltenberg as Special Envoys on Climate Change.

The two former leaders are to assist Heads of State and Governments around the world in mobilizing the political will and action in advancing the 2014 Climate Summit that will be held in New York in 2014.

In an interview with Citi News, spokesperson for Mr. Kufuor, Frank Agyekum explained that the two leaders would assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with leaders of the various countries to raise the level of ambition to address climate change and to accelerate action.

“The idea behind it is for the two of them to raise awareness with the international community, especially with countries for the G8 and D20 about the possibilities and the importance of reducing carbon emission to levels of about 2 degrees Celsius,” he explained.