UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, on Monday, appointed former Ghana President, John Kuffuor and former Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg as special envoys on climate change.
This is contained in a statement released from the UN chief’s office in New York.
The statement noted that the envoys were to drum up support for a planned global conference scheduled for September.
It noted that Ban had invited world leaders, chief executives and civil society groups to the Climate Summit in New York on Sept. 23 to push for robust action on climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and building climate resilient communities.
It added that “as part of their work, the special envoys will assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with leaders to raise the level of ambition to address climate change and to accelerate action.
“They will also provide strategic advice to the Secretary-General based on their consultations.”
Kuffuor was Ghana’s president from 2001 to2009 and chairman of the African Union from 2007 to 2008, while Stoltenberg was prime minister of Norway from 2000 to 2001 and again from 2005 to 2013.