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Mary Robinson:Why I'm going to Cancún

30 Nov 2010

Oxfam Ireland

The world is worried about upcoming UN climate change negotiations in Cancun. Many experts doubt the UN has what it takes to address the greatest threat to humanity we have ever faced. They see the talks as a lost cause, a forum unsuited to overcoming the global challenge of climate change.

The doubters are right to worry. But they are wrong to think we cannot make faster progress. Indeed, there is an urgent need to help those most affected by environmental changes. That is why I am going to Cancun: to remind world leaders that a growing global movement is calling for more ethical and enlightened approaches. We're calling for climate justice.

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