Manuel appointed to UN panel

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pretoria - National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has been appointed as a member of the High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing.

Launched last month, the group established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon was created to mobilise financing for assisting developing countries in combating climate change.

The ministry said the group of 19 experts will be co-chaired by United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Browm as well as the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi.

Minister Manuel joins other high-level officials from Ministries and Central Banks as well as experts on public finance, development and related issues.

Members include Bharrat Jagdeo, President of the Republic of Guyana and Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway.

The group is tasked with creating practical proposals to boost short and long-term financing for mitigation and adaptation strategies in developing countries.

It will also study potential sources of revenue for financing mitigation and adaptation activities in developing countries.

The Group's first meeting is scheduled to be held in London on 29 March.

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