General News of 2014-02-02

Former President Kufuor back after meeting with world leaders

Former President John Agyekum Kufuor, returned home Saturday after a month-long consultations with word leaders in his capacity as the United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change.

He was at the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was introduced as United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change.

Mr. Kufuor together with his co-Special Envoy Jans Stoltenberg, Former Prime Minister of Norway, interacted with the various heads of state and briefed them on their new roles.

Among the leaders the two Special Envoys met were, Presidents Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, Jakaya Kikwete opf Tanzania.

Former President Kufuor also interacted with Vice-President Kwesi Amissah Arthur, who represented Ghana at the Summit.

Before arriving in Addis Ababa, the two Special Envoys attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland where their new roles were spelt out to world leaders and business executives by Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations.

Former President Kufuor, among other events, addressed a seminar on ‘Scaling Green Investment.’

The two Special Envoys had earlier attended a two-day retreat at the Greentree Resort in New York, the United States, where they were engaged by experts from the United Nations and the World Bank on various aspects of climate change.

President Kufuor in his capacity as the Global Envoy of the Neglected Tropical Diseases Coalition (NTDs) attended the Second Anniversary of the London Declaration on eradication of non-communicable diseases in London, Great Britain.

He also addressed the British All-Parliamentary Group on Malaria and NTDS to further deepen their commitment and raise awareness among their fellow MPs in the fight to eradicate the diseases.

Source: Office of ex President JA Kufuor
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