Christiana Figueres - Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (F): If climate change is humanity’s biggest long-term challenge, it is also our greatest opportunity.
VOICE: Starting on November 29, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 16) began convening for two weeks in Cancún, Mexico to negotiate towards an international agreement on countering climate change. Supreme Master Television reports on location.
Correspondent (M): After a year’s preparation since the December 2009 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, climate change delegates arriving in Cancún from 180 countries are prepared to make further progress.
Their goal is to agree on a new legally binding treaty for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, to replace the Kyoto Protocol that will expire in 2012. Achievements are expected especially in the areas of forestry protection, green technology transfer, and financial support for nations more vulnerable to climate change.
Christiana Figueres - Executive Secretary, UNFCCC (F): Expectations for Cancún are realistic, but there’s still a lot at stake if the world is going to stay below a two-degree temperature rise.
A Cancún deal isn’t going to solve the whole problem, but it can set a new pace for negotiations where governments lock in better agreements every year, never ruling out new possibilities or ignoring existing needs for the future.
Correspondent (M): Coinciding with the conference, November 27 was the opening day of Climate Change Village, which the Mexican government created as a space to promote further dialogue among non-governmental organizations, the private sector and the public during COP 16.
The bustling Climate Change Village also has two non-governmental sponsors, the Mexican Red Cross and the Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association, whose booth served as an information center for the organic vegan diet solution for global warming. Along with SOS flyers, books, DVDs, and Save Our Planet reusable shopping bags, tasty vegan foods were also distributed free of charge.
Visitors expressed keen interest in finding out more about the plant-based diet as a key climate action. Reporting from Cancún, Mexico for Supreme Master Television.
VOICE: Our gratefulness and best wishes to all the dedicated leaders and representatives at the United Nations Climate Change Conference. We pray for the most constructive outcomes that reflect the interest of all planetary inhabitants’ survival.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has frequently urged world governments toward their wisest use of leadership to stop climate change, as in a November 2009 videoconference in the United States.