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UN panel on global sustainability begins work

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United Nations – The United Nations is seeking a global plan to resolve climate change issues and spur economic growth, as its high-level panel on global sustainability began work on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Hajia Amina Az-Zubair, the presidential adviser on Millennium Development Goals, attended the inaugural meeting of the 21-member panel.

In August, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the panel, charged with drafting a practical blueprint on how countries could promote sustainable development.

It comprises world leaders and environmental experts, and is co-chaired by President Tarja Halonen of Finland and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

At the inaugural meeting, Ban challenged the group to find a way of lifting the world out of poverty and promote sustainable development.

He said by 2050, the world’s population would have grown by 50 per cent and global greenhouse gas emissions should be reduced by half, if climate change was to be checked.

“We will need to provide a dignified life for nine billion people while at the same time preserving the resources and ecosystems that sustain us,” he said.

The UN chief also urged the panel to ‘think big’ in drafting a bold but practical blueprint on how countries could promote sustainable development.

During the meeting, the panel discussed its work for the next 15 months, and it is set to report back at the end of the year.

Its recommendations will be fed into preparations on upcoming conferences on development and climate change.

The panel‘s final recommendations will be delivered to the secretary-general at the end of 2011.

Az-Zubair told NAN that Nigeria was in the panel to promote African interests.

Members of the panel include Gro Harlem Brundtland, Han Seung-soo, Yukio Hatoyama, Luisa Dias Diogo and Kevin Rudd, former prime ministers of Norway, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Mozambique and Australia respectively.

Others are Barbadian Prime Minister David Thompson; United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister, Sheikh Abdallah Al Nahayan; Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Babacan; and Switzerland‘s Foreign Minister, Micheline Calmy-Rey.

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