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COP18: UN Climate Change secretariat partners with The Climate Group to boost climate leadership

05 December 2012
COP18: UN Climate Change secretariat partners with The Climate Group to boost climate leadership

DOHA: Today at COP18 we announced a strategic partnership with the UN Climate Change secretariat, which aims to encourage the mutually reinforcing leadership of business and of government at all levels.

The partnership will combine the efforts of our global initiatives: our Clean Revolution campaign and the UN Climate Change Secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), said: "We need to show that action on climate change, both adaptation and mitigation, is already happening, on the ground, in real life, where it is making a difference for people and for the environment.

"These low carbon success stories need to be told in a far more vocal way, to a much wider audience so they can motivate further action at greater scale, with faster pace. I believe that our partnership with The Climate Group, an organization with a clear focus on the role of leadership, can help us achieve this".

Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group, said: "We are delighted to be joining forces with the UN Climate Change secretariat; their inspirational Momentum for Change initiative wants to cut through the ongoing pessimism around climate negotiations and show how low carbon, clean revolution leadership is transforming the lives of millions around the globe. Together, we want to make sure that this happens faster, better and for more people".

The partnership will help secure commitment for transformative low carbon action from corporate and government leaders, encourage stakeholders to submit their most successful climate-related projects under the Momentum for Change initiative, and promote both initiatives at high-profile international events.

The Momentum for Change Initiative, led by the UN Climate Change secretariat, is designed to create a public platform for raising awareness about broad-ranging mitigation and adaptation actions that are already achieving tangible benefits on the ground. The Initiative also seeks to correct misperceptions concerning action on climate change.

We launched our Clean Revolution campaign during the Rio+20 Summit last June. It is a partnership of international statesmen and governments, business leaders and corporations, thinkers and opinion formers, which calls for a swift, massive scale-up of clean energy and infrastructure, and of climate-smart technologies and design. Innovative leadership is already transforming policies and markets around the world.


If you enioyed this, look out for articles this week by our Senior Policy Manager Damian Ryan who is writing news and analysis and live-tweeting throughout COP18, and providing a more in-depth post-COP Briefing after the events. Keep up to date on our website and by following him on Twitter during COP18. 

In the run up to and during Doha we are also posting a series of articles featuring analysis from our teams in the USEurope, India and Australia on their nations' COP negotiating positions.

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