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OECD members should contribute more for mitigating climate change: Ban ki-Moon

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Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that developing countries won’t be able to effectively fight climate change unless the rich countries particularly OECD countries contribute more technology and finance to the effort.

Speaking at a webinar titled “The UN@75 and South-South cooperation: evolving roles and responsibilities” organised by think tank Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) on Tuesday, Ban said “There are many ways in which South-South cooperation can take place but when it comes to climate change without the full technological and financial support of the OECD countries to the poor countries, climate change mitigation is not possible.

The poorest countries that have contributed least to climate change are often seen to be worst affected, due to it so it is morally and politically right that the OECD countries should contribute a higher amount towards climate change mitigation.”

Ban explained how the developed World has been lagging behind in meeting their climate change mitigation financing commitments.

“OECD countries should pay 0.7 percent of their GNP by 2030, this contribution was supposed to have been made by 2015, but as of now the OECD countries have contributed just about 0.35% that is half of the the agreed amount.

He felt that UN would be much more effective in dealing with global issues if multilateralism was practiced by the countries.

“Multilateralism is the backbone as far as achieving global goals is concerned, there is no single country in the world that can attain global objectives alone.

UN should be much more engaging, unfortunately until a few months ago UN has been very much undervalued and underused.”

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