UN Secretary General appoints President Kufour and former Norwegian Prime Minister as special envoys on climate change

John Agyekum Kufour, President of Ghana, addresses the general debate of the sixty-second session of the General Assembly, at UN Headquarters in New York in 2007

John Agyekum Kufour, President of Ghana, addresses the general debate of the 62nd session of the General Assembly in 2007

New York – The United Nations efforts to stem climate change got a boost today with the appointment of two special envoys to mobilize political will and action ahead of the 2014 Climate Summit.

Ban Ki-moon said today he appointed former President of Ghana, John Kufour, and former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, as his Special Envoys on Climate Change, an issue “that is of the highest importance to the future of our planet”.

Their engagement with world leaders will assist with discussions at the 2014 Climate Summit he plans to convene in New York in September during the annual General Assembly meeting.

As part of their work, the Special Envoys will assist Mr. Ban in his consultations with world leaders to raise the level of ambition to address climate change and to accelerate action, and provide strategic advice, according to today’s statement. Read more…