Speaking during the opening ceremony of the 41st session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in Nairobi, Steiner stressed that a global consensus on a new climate treaty was required to rejuvenate the green agenda. “We must link climate change response to the broader post 2015 development agenda. Adoption of a legally binding climate treaty will strengthen green economy,” Steiner told journalists in Nairobi. Policymakers and scientists attended the forum to discuss the future of the UN affiliated panel that advises governments on climate science.
Steiner noted that compelling scientific evidence illustrates mortal threats to livelihoods and ecosystems if green house gas emissions are not tamed. “The mainstream consensus among policy and scientific authorities is that societies are staring at a calamity if we do not act on rising temperatures,” Steiner said.
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