Five top UN officials have urged world leaders to "seal the deal" at Copenhagen in December on an ambitious new climate change pact aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions.
These officials on Tuesday signed the online petition, which will be presented to leaders at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) gathering in Copenhagen, where negotiations are expected to wrap up on a successor pact to the Kyoto Protocol, whose first commitment period ends in 2012.
The officials are, Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Michel Jarraud, Secretary- General of the World Meteorological Organisation, Kanayo F Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World Trade Organisation, and Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation.
"Seal the Deal" campaign calls for binding targets to be set on cutting emissions by 2020 and help for vulnerable countries so they can adapt to the effects of climate change.
It also highlights the urgent need for a new deal that will spur 'green' growth, protect the planet and build a more sustainable and prosperous global economy that will benefit all countries and people.