The United Nations secretary-general soon will name a new UN climate chief on the heels of the failure of the 2009 Copenhagen negotiations. International Relations Professor Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and lead author of the UN’s climate change panel that shared the 2007 Nobel Prize, says the choice is critical for guiding future negotiations. In a commentary in New Straits Times, Najam suggests the attributes needed in a new UN climate chief.
“There is an opportunity here for the secretary-general to send a real signal about the centrality of sustainable development to climate change and global environmental governance. It would be a pity if this opportunity is missed.”
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