Where there is a Will, there is a Way

Message by Dr Kerim

As 200 world leaders gather at the Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Le Bourget, France, we are starting to experience the true meaning of the saying “Where there is a will, there is a way.” 

At the onset of the conference, it is crucial to keep in mind that the political will of nations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, fossil fuels and global warming is of essential importance. 

The main goal in our strives to adequately addressing climate change is both creating legally bind treaties but also precise measures that will aid and stimulate innovation and new technologies. Such a measure was implemented by Mr. Bill Gates yesterday, initiating a global fund for the financial support of clean energy technologies and development.

Also, the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi revealed the start of a Solar Power Alliance alongside the support of France and other nations in providing alternative and innovative ideas for supplying power and electricity to communities. 

Such bold and effective measures can eliminate skepticism and can create progress on the ever important question on climate change. 

The indispensible role of the United Nations in the entire process, as well as our endurance and determination which the Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and I showed during the 62nd Session of the General Assembly as well as other presidents did in the sessions after, definitely paid off as we see in the initial talks at the Paris Conference. 

Let these goals and visions serve as guidance for a successful conference and even more effective outcomes for our environment in the days that follow.   

1 December 2015