Three more countries say 'yes' to a low-carbon future on World Environment Day
Nairobi, 5 June 2009 - Three countries have pledged to promote low-carbon, green growth by joining the Climate Neutral Network (CN Net) - an initiative led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to promote global action to de-carbonize our economies and societies.
Ethiopia, Pakistan and Portugal are the latest nations to join the CN Net initiative, bringing the total number of countries that are going low-carbon or even climate neutral to ten. These ten countries have a combined population of over 266 million and cover the land area roughly the size of Argentina or two percent of the world's terrestrial surface.
The announcement was made on World Environment Day (WED) which this year is held under the theme "Your Planet Needs You! Unite to Combat Climate Change".
While the main WED activities are taking place in this year's host country, Mexico, celebrations are being organized worldwide - from remote villages to sprawling capitals - making it a truly global event.
Welcoming the new CN Net participants, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said: "From setting world tree planting records to taking full advantage of the abundant sun, waves and winds to promoting carbon finance investments, the three new countries joining the Climate Neutral Network are offering diverse and innovative strategies to combat climate change and benefit from low-carbon, green development and growth."
"However, these strategies will only succeed in the long-term if the international community sends the right policy and market signals for climate-friendly development. This year's World Environment Day comes just over 180 days before the UN climate convention meeting in Denmark where governments need to agree on a new, forward-looking climate treaty. By Sealing the Deal on a new climate agreement in Copenhagen, world leaders will be delivering perhaps the most transformational and far-reaching stimulus package of them all, now and for the coming decades," Mr. Steiner added.