Ban Ki-moon and heads of states on the COP19/CMP9 High Level Segment

On Tuesday November 19th at 3PM the high-level segment of COP19/CMP9 will begin, hosting heads of states, high-level officials and representatives of international organizations, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. By that means the Conference will enter a decisive phase.

The high-level segment talks will last four days, their aim being to summarize the outcomes of the ongoing talks. The latter started on November 11th and have been dedicated to the various groups' meetings at the lower level. Nevertheless that part of the conference was crucial before approaching the agreement to be reached during the high-level segment.

Besides the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the conference will be attended by President of the United Nations General Assembly at its 68th session Dr. John William Ashe, heads of states: Presidents of Tanzania, Ethiopia, Tuvalu, Nauru, Vice President of Iran, US climate change representative Todd Stern and Ministers of Environment from the most member states of the UN. Polish highest authorities will be represented by Prime Minister Donald Tusk and minister Marcin Korolec as the President of COP19/CMP9.

The upcoming days will consist of meetings with business, cities and local authorities. During the Business Dialogue debate (November 20th), as well as the working lunch with Ban Ki-moon the main topic will be how to involve entrepreneurs into the emission reduction process to achieve best environmental effects. The next day, November 21st will be the “Cities Day of the High Level Segment”. The dialogue with mayors from all continents will focus on how can local authorities contribute to reducing pollution. Demographers predict that in the near future 80% of the world’s population will be living in cities.

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