Zambia's Leader Pleads U.N. Members to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

LUSAKA, Zambia, Sept. 24 (UPI) — Zambia’s leader, at the 64th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, called for the industrialized world to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The Times of Zambia reported Thursday that Zambian President Rupiah Banda, attending the summit, posted a prerecorded message on the Internet to the United Nations climate change summit — held during the General Assembly meeting — urging developed countries to take the lead in forging agreements for legally binding greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

Banda also called for the developed world to provide massive amounts of financial assistance to the most vulnerable developing countries to finance their greenhouse gas mitigation programs, writing, “These funds must be additional to the Official Development Assistance. In addition, a transparent financial mechanism should be put in place so that deserving vulnerable countries can easily access the funds.”

Referring to the climate change summit to be held in Copenhagen, Banda said, “This December, we have to make a choice. To act responsibly as a united global community and provide a firm ground to safeguard our common good or stick to traditional positions and negotiating tactics and consign our future and that of our children to doom.”

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