The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon. and the Government of the United Arab Emirates invited government ministers, leaders from the private sector an civil society to participate in the Abu Dhabi Ascent. This event served as a key milestone in the preparations for the Secretary-General’s Climate Summit in New York to be held on 23 September 2014. The Ascent explored the international and multi-stakeholder efforts with high potential for catalysing ambitious action on the ground to reduce emissions and strengthen resilience.
Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu Minister of Water and Environment of the Government of Uganda, and Hon. Haddijatou Jallow, Executive Chairperson of the Environment Protection Agency of Sierra Leone, spoke in favor of the CIRDA Programme stressing the need to access and communicate reliable and timely climate information data. Their participation during the roundtables served to highlight the importance of incorporating climate information in development planning. Their discussions, generated an increasing amount of interest in the CIRDA programme leading up to the Climate Summit. The Progamme’s objective of engaging the private sector as a key partner in disseminating and generating climate information was hailed as innovative in its approach.
The CIRDA Programme will continue to promote its objectives during the Climate Summit. We will keep you updated!