Breaking the Cycle November 16, 2011 : 11:26 AM

A call from the UN's climate chief:

“United Nations climate chief Christiana Figueres called for more engagement from businesses that promote low-carbon strategies to help governments worldwidespeed up the shift to a green economy.”

“Almost 200 nations will meet in Durban, South Africa, from Nov. 28 until Dec. 9 to discuss climate-protection rules for the period after 2012, when the current emission-reduction targets for developed nations under the Kyoto Protocol expire. Ironing out a global agreement is a step-by-step approach, meaning the slow pace of international policy will continue, Figueres said.”

“The willingness of governments to move forward is severely handicapped unless business provides the impetus,” she told an eco-innovation summit hosted by the Lisbon Council non- profit policy group in Brussels yesterday. “I stand before you with a clear request: help us break the vicious cycle, help us convert it into a virtuous cycle that can empower new growth, create jobs in new sectors, help alleviate poverty and stabilize climate at the same time.”

Source: Bloomberg