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5/12/2007

Analysis: U.N. calls climate debate 'over'

UNITED NATIONS May. 10 (UPI) -- A former chief of the U.N. World Health Organization who also is a former prime minister of Norway and a medical doctor has declared an end to the climate-change debate.
Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, one of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's three new special envoys on climate change, also headed up the 1987 U.N. World Commission on Environment and Development where the concept of sustainable development was first floated.

"This discussion is behind us. It's over," she told reporters. "The diagnosis is clear, the science is unequivocal -- it's completely immoral, even, to question now, on the basis of what we know, the reports that are out, to question the issue and to question whether we need to move forward at a much stronger pace as humankind to address the issues."
Brundtland was at U.N. World Headquarters in New York for the high-level segment of the Commission on Sustainable Development winding up Friday.
Opening that segment Wednesday, the secretary-general said climate change required sustained, concerted attention, as it had broad impact not just on the environment but also on economic and social development.
Ban said the world urgently needs to step up action to mitigate greenhouse-gas emissions. Industrialized countries need to make deeper emission reductions, and there should be further engagement of developing countries as well as incentives for them to limit their emissions while safeguarding economic growth and poverty eradication.
There is no doubt, Brundtland said, that climate change is manmade as reported by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
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