UN Secretary General, Ban Ki- Moon, named climate change a top priority for 2015. His Thursday speech to the general assembly unveiled his, Sustainable Development plan, that outlines his list of objectives for the next 12 months. Referring to 2015 as a 'historic opportunity,' the Secretary General ranked UN priorities as being:
- Climate change
- Displacement of people
- People in need
In 2012 alone, 32 million people were displaced by climate change, most of which were from impoverished regions of the world. Regardless of these devastating numbers, our efforts have to some extent have been working as demonstrated by the following years drop in displaced climate refugees to 22 million. But Secretary Moon has urged climate leaders to pick up the pace and work even harder in 2015 to remedy climate change and displaced people; issues of which are inextricably linked.
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‘2015 Can and Must Be Time for Global Action,’ Ban Declares, Briefing UN Assembly on Year’s Priorities
8 January 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon looked forward to a “year of opportunity,” as he briefed the 193-Member United Nations General Assembly on his priorities for 2015, and called for transformative global action that would ensure sustainable development and human dignity for all.
“2015 is a chance for major advances across the three inter-connected pillars of our work: development, peace and human rights,” he said during an informal meeting of the Assembly, praising Member States’ work to build a new development agenda, including a set of sustainable development goals.
“In my synthesis report, now delivered to you – The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet – I am offering my support of this work and some further ideas on the road ahead.”
The report aims to support States’ discussions going forward, taking stock of the negotiations on the post-2015 agenda and reviewing lessons from pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It stresses the need to “finish the job” of the Goals – both to help people now and as a launch pad for the new agenda.