UNFCCC Executive Secretary’s Decision to Speak at the Coal Summit

Hi everyone,

Yesterday, Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, released a letter explaining her decision to speak at the International Coal and Climate Summit. The summit was organized by the World Coal Association and Poland’s Economy Ministry and will be taking place here in Warsaw next week, November 18-19. Her letter was a response to an open letter written and signed by several NGOs, which expressed concern for her presence at the event. It will be interesting to see what happens at the coal summit, as well as whether and how Figueres’ decision to speak there will affect the negotiations next week.

Letter from NGOs to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres

Response from Christiana Figueres

Here are background articles about the coal summit if you would like more background information:

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/nov/08/un-climate-talks-poland-coal?INTCMP=ILCNETTXT3487

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/un-climate-chief-urged-to-withdraw-from-warsaw-coal-conference-1.1590170