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United Nations – Italy in the forefront on climate change

A Climate Summit was held on 23 September, convened by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in the margins of the UN General Assembly. Its aim was to maintain awareness among heads of state and government of the upcoming UNFCCC conferences in Lima and Paris for the drafting of a new global accord on climate.

Climate change awareness in Italy is among the highest internationally. In its current role as president of the European Union our country is striving to forge a common stance on the 2030 package in advance of the next European Council of 23-24 October 2014, seeking in particular to clarify the link between greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources.

In recognition of Italy’s commitment in this regard, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited Premier Matteo Renzi to co-chair the session on cities, one of the most important of the entire Summit.

A meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, convened by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on 21 September and in which Minister Mogherini participated, preceded the Summit.

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