Norwegian Prime Minister Stoltenberg to co-chair UN-backed group on climate change financing

June 7th, 2010 - 5:16 am ICT by BNO News  

UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) — Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has accepted an invitation to co-chair the United Nations-backed advisory group on climate change financing, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Sunday.

Stoltenberg will replace former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the advisory group. “Prime Minister Stoltenberg will now work with the other co-chair, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi of Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, to complete the work of the Advisory Group,” a statement issued by the spokesperson of the Secretary-General said.

Ban thanked Brown for his service as co-chair until last month, when he resigned as prime minister of the United Kingdom.

The advisory group, launched by the United Nations in February, is tasked with drafting practical proposals to boost both short- and long-term financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies in developing countries.

Ban said he received a message from Britain’s new Prime Minister, David Cameron, in which he expressed his support for the advisory group. He said Cameron has nominated UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, as a member of the advisory group.

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