Ban Ki-moon,

Enterprise - - Conference - Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary United Na­tions Frame­work Con­ven­tion on Cli­mate Change

Time is not on our side, nor is the rest of the world wait­ing for us to de­cide.

Across the globe, gov­ern­ments, cities, busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als have rec­og­nized the threat of cli­mate change. They are act­ing.

They are choos­ing a lower-car­bon The of­fice of the Con­fer­ence Pres­i­dent ro­tates an­nu­ally be­tween the five United Na­tions (UN) re­gional groups. Mex­ico held the COP 16 / CMP 6 in 2010 and is cur­rently the COP/CMP Pres­i­dent. The African Group hosted the Con­fer­ence with COP 17 / CMP 7 tak­ing place from 28 Novem­ber to 9 De­cem­ber 2011 in Dur­ban, South Africa. Kenya held the Pres­i­dency of the Con­fer­ence in 2006 with the COP 12 / CMP 12 in Nairobi. Fol­low­ing the pro­ce­dural rules of the Con­fer­ence, it is cus­tom­ary for the COP and CMP to elect as Pres­i­dent a min­is­ter from the host coun­try. The Pres­i­dent of COP 17/CMP 7 was Ms Maite Nkoana-masha­bane, the South African Min­is­ter of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co­op­er­a­tion. path be­cause they know it is good for the planet – and good for them, good for us.

Global in­vest­ment in clean en­ergy rose from $50 bil­lion dol­lars in 2004 to $240 bil­lion in 2010, ac­cord­ing to one re­cent re­port.

Sev­eral UNFCCC par­ties have taken sig­nif­i­cant steps on mit­i­ga­tion - in­clud­ing putting a price on in­dus­trial emis­sions, pledg­ing to re­duce car­bon

Del­e­gates have steadily ad­vanced in cre­at­ing those con­di­tions dur­ing the past week. But it is now for you, min­is­ters, to craft the so­lu­tions.

Those so­lu­tions will be the out­come from this con­fer­ence and they need to en­sure that: • There is clar­ity on the con­tours of a sec­ond

com­mit­ment pe­riod un­der the Ky­oto Pro­to­col and that in­ten­sity, com­mit­ting to dras­ti­cally cut green­house gas emis­sions and work­ing to re­duce de­for­esta­tion.

The REDD+ pro­gramme is cre­at­ing a fi­nan­cial value for the car­bon stored in forests.

Gov­ern­ments and the pri­vate sec­tor are com­bin­ing to cre­ate a vi­sion for Sus­tain­able En­ergy for All – a win-win-win for poverty re­duc­tion, eco­nomic growth and cut­ting green­house gas emis­sions.

• • • an im­ple­men­ta­tion gap is ruled out; There is clar­ity on how to achieve strong rules-based rigour and struc­ture in the global ef­fort to tackle cli­mate change go­ing for­ward; There is clar­ity on how to avoid an am­bi­tion gap; And that there is clar­ity on how funds will be scaled up from now un­til 2020.

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