A ‘world cham­pion’ on cli­mate change

The Washington Times Daily - - DECADE OF LEADERSHIP: UNITED NATIONS SECRETARY - G - By The Hon­or­able Kes­sai Note The Hon­or­able Kes­sai Note was pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of the Mar­shall Is­lands from 2000 to 2008, and also served as speaker of the na­tion’s Na­tional Par­lia­ment.

Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon has been an ef­fec­tive leader of the United Na­tions in the re­cent decade.

His lead­er­ship on is­sues such as global warm­ing, cli­mate change and con­ser­va­tion, peace­mak­ing and peace­keep­ing is ad­mirable. His unrelenting ef­forts on poverty re­duc­tion, com­bat­ting HIV/AIDS and other so­cial and health is­sues fac­ing un­der­priv­i­leged and un­der­de­vel­oped coun­tries, and his per­sonal en­gage­ment in re­gional con­flicts and in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism res­o­lu­tion are to be deeply com­mended.

The small is­lands coun­tries, such as the Repub­lic of the Mar­shall Is­lands, have tremen­dously ben­e­fited by his strong con­vic­tion to has­ten global ac­tions on sea-level rise and forg­ing com­mit­ment on the pro­vi­sion of re­sources to im­ple­ment con­ser­va­tion and restora­tion ef­forts by small and un­der­de­vel­oped com­mu­ni­ties in the Pa­cific re­gion.

The Pa­cific Is­lands coun­tries and peo­ple are most vul­ner­a­ble to cli­mate change and sea-level rise. And un­less and un­til the world com­mu­nity is able to re­verse the trend on global warm­ing, many of the is­lands and their cit­i­zens will be­come “cli­mate change refugees,” and even­tu­ally be­come a lost civ­i­liza­tion.

For this rea­son, U.N. Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon is re­garded by many lead­ers in the Pa­cific coun­tries as the “world cham­pion” in the fight against global warm­ing and cli­mate change.

Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Ban Ki-moon’s time at the U.N. will soon end, but his vi­sion, in­tegrity and con­vic­tions to­ward

And un­less and un­til the world com­mu­nity is able to re­verse the trend on global warm­ing, many of the is­lands and their cit­i­zens will be­come “cli­mate change refugees,” and even­tu­ally be­come a lost civ­i­liza­tion.

a pros­per­ous, peace­ful and se­cure world for our com­mon hu­man­ity will long be re­mem­bered.

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