As a former UN staffer, I remember fondly listening to hard-hitting speeches on ways to solve the problems of the world. I also remember, perhaps not so fondly, the attention paid more to traffic congestion from delegate motorcades than goings on in the General Assembly Hall.
This year, Ban Ki-Moon will hold a timely special session on climate change. After the disappointing results in Copenhagen last year, there is probably no topic more pressing for the international body. Media outlets, though, are more focused on the meeting’s guest list than substance of debate. I’m a true believer in the power of the UN to create lasting global change. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that something substantive comes from these talks.
In the meantime, I guess we can continue to rely on China to push the envelope on critical climate change issues. It seems that they are the only ones making dramatic changes that could potentially shift the entire conversation.
Have you heard anything newsworthy? Let me know in the comments below.