UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon blinks, responds to WUWT story

ban-ki-moonThis WUWT story from two days ago:  Obama’s Lonely Climate Summit – world leaders are staying home went viral after being linked to by the Drudge report, earning WUWT its best performing day ever with 345,393 views.

WUWT_best_day_wordpressdataIt seems to have evoked a response.

Eric Worrall writes:

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon today responded, to reports that a number of key world leaders would not be attending the upcoming climate summit in New York.

According to Ban,

“…even though the leaders from India, China and Russia will not be able to participate in the meeting, there are “other means of communications, ways and means of having their leadership demonstrated in the United Nations.”

Source: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/really-wanted-modi-to-attend-un-climate-change-summit-un-chief-ban-ki-moon/articleshow/42703914.cms

I suggest, Mr Moon, that you and President Obama are currently experiencing a sample of that “other means of communication” you mentioned.

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166 thoughts on “UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon blinks, responds to WUWT story

  1. Memo to the little “o” and the UN sycophant, “It is called voting with your feet”.
    What a fools corner they have painted themselves into.

  2. So, if there are other means of communication …. how about using them instead of being hypocritical and flying there.

    • Abbott seems like the type who would fax in a traced outline of an appropriate finger gesture to the UN Climate Change summit.
      Ban blinks, Abbott winks.

      • This truck driver tends to take that gesture as the other driver is telling me I’m #1! More often than not I get that gesture when I have managed to get in the left lane to pass before the aggressive four wheeler driver that punched it to try and cut me off when he saw my signal to change lanes. I just smile.

    • Amen!! I had the same thought. these folks fly around aimlessly often to exotic places burning up enormous amounts of carbon based fuel while telling us we must walk.

  3. B. Moon does not seem to be able to recall that another leader will not be there………..guy called Harper from a small country larger then China and larger then India: place called Canada. On nobody’s radar except for the “fossil fuel” award and quit proud of it.

  4. Anthony, congrats on the view stats.
    The UN needs to be dissolved. The Security Council was the only part that mattered. Now that Russia and China are so adversarial to the West and their neighbors, nothing of merit will come out of it.

    • I would tend to agree with you in that it needs to be dissolved, but not because of the Russian and Chinese positions. The Western nations have made the UN their private “policy enforcer” for too many years. You think Russia and China blocking actions against Iran or Syria are “bad mojo,” but have no problem with the US constantly blocking action against Israel, no matter what it does apparently. I tend to disagree. There is no excuse for allowing what is happening in Gaza, there is no excuse for allowing Israel to indiscriminately bomb its neighbors, there is no excuse for allowing the boarding of vessels in international waters and killing people, and the list continues. Fact is, there is no excuse for half of what the US – such as the destruction of Libya as an example – and Israel are allowed to do, IF the UN mattered, but it only matters when it is in the best interests of the Western powers.
      Again, I agree, it deserves to be dissolved as the useless organ that it became.

      • Terrorists fire rockets into Israel, and send suicide bombers to kill innocent people. There would be no reprisals if there were no aggression. It is unfortunate that the countries where terrorists base their activities are largely victims themselves. There is not an easy answer, but it is not to demonize Israel.

      • It’s not Israel that is indiscriminately bombing Gaza, it’s Hamas that is indiscriminately bombing Israel.

      • Yea – how DARE Jews actually defend themselves. They should just sit there and just take what the world dishes out.
        Oh, wait a minute, they already tried that once…

      • Ok. Let me get this straight. Russian position is: let’s invade the Crimea, rest of Ukraine, Georgia, Chechnia? You think they could give back the Japanese islands they have occupied since 1945? Perhaps the Chinese could stay out of the South China Sea? Perhaps they can stop interfering in the African continent, buy up all the farm land and throw the sharecroppers off? Want me to continue?

    • Any organization that attempts to force a dictatorial, unelected government on the world (see the Copenhagen Draft Agreement) should be dissolved and its officers placed under arrest.

  5. The old pyschic method of communication how else would climate alarmism be discussed among world leaders. Just perfect for the pseudo-science of climate!

  6. I saw the link on Drudge. Good one, Anthony.
    Perhaps like Mr Obama, Mr Ban has ‘got a pen’ and has ‘got a phone.’

  7. Eighteen months ago it would have been attended by Emperor Rudd of Australia with hundreds of environmental lickspittles in tow.

  8. Heh – apparently in the crush of comments my first comment on that page was mistaken for serious. It’s the first time I think I ever would have benefited from the use of the “/sarc” tag…
    For the record, any time I say “Maybe it’s worse than we thought”, I’m definitely mocking warmists. It’s not possible for anything to be “worse” than they say… short of the Earth’s core becoming 2 million degrees…

  9. “resilience” will be on show…
    18 Sept: Guardian: Fiona Harvey: Ban Ki-moon to join climate change march
    “I will link arms with those marching for climate action,” Ban told a press conference. “We stand with them on the right side of this key issue for our common future.”…
    His unusual step – high-ranking officials do not normally attend mass public protests – is a measure of how high the stakes are at a summit next week of world leaders, called by the secretary-general, to discuss climate change…
    Ban said: “Action on climate change is urgent. The more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and in money. The climate summit that I am convening one week from today has two goals: to mobilise political will for a universal and meaningful climate agreement next year in Paris; and second to generate ambitious steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen resilience…
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/17/ban-ki-moon-climate-change-march
    18 Sept: National Journal: Podesta: Obama to Tout Global Warming ‘Resilience’ at U.N. Climate Summit
    “He’ll be making a number of announcements that put America squarely on the side of building global resilience, trying to provide public goods to countries around the world, some of whom can’t afford to build the kind of resilient tools they need to anticipate the effects of climate change,” John Podesta said Wednesday…
    http://www.nationaljournal.com/energy/podesta-obama-to-tout-global-warming-resilience-at-un-climate-summit-20140917

  10. “I suggest, Mr Moon, that you and President Obama are currently experiencing a sample of that “other means of communication” you mentioned.”
    ========
    Priceless!
    Quote of the week!

  11. Ban Ki Moon is the ultimate hand puppet. He never expresses an original thought; he is simply a parrot for those who installed him. When his UN term is up, watch the behind-the-scenes jockeying to put a successor puppet in his place.

      • I’ve always thought that from the start, and egged on by the premature Nobel Peace Prize, Mr Obama had his eyes on the position of UN Gen Secry. It fits his ideology of “no nation is more important than any other”, anti-colonialism, global “social justice”, “one world” government actions (e.g. Agenda 21). It is also consistent with his domestic and foreign policy actions (Climate Change and requiring coalitions before acting, and don’t forget “Leading From Behind”).
        As noted above, it is a position where you don’t have to be “responsible” for anything of substance; no consequences. Rhetoric is king in that job. Unlimited travel, adulation …..
        What else could he do, with no experience running anything (capably). He can’t just play golf (Oh, wait…).
        If he succeeds, watch out. Un-elected bureaucracy on steroids!

  12. No problem, Im sure he has a few friends who can model what would have happened if the relevant countries were actually going to attend.

  13. So the reverend Moon and his religious zealots are starting to sense the laughter and disdain for their religion.

  14. Wonderfully descriptive phrase “environmental lickspittles”. Hark, is that the rain that was never to fall? Nay me Lord, just the dribbling of climate lickspittles!

    • I believe “lick-spittle” was a favourite of “Pravda”, as in “lick-spittle lackeys of the capitalist running dogs”
      Many despair that the purple prose of the communists is all but dead, reduced to the tawdry offerings of North Korea. Despair no more! The art and propaganda of the communist era is alive and well at –
      http://thepeoplescube.com/
      Where else are you going to find your “Laika the space dog – sending signals into liberal tinfoil hats since 1957” T-shirts? You know you want one…
      http://redcube.spreadshirt.com/laika-the-space-dog-A1042544/customize/color/1
      (no moderators, this is not a commercial endorsement.)

  15. The UN is the vehicle that many hope will lead to world government. It is already much stronger than most liberty loving people would like to see. The CO2 scaremongering is part of the drive to stampeded people into allowing loony bureaucrats to rule them and force them into poverty. Any setback (no matter how small) to the agenda of the control freaks is welcome.
    I do notice that I read less and less about the magic molecule CO2. Seems that mankind’s activities in general is more the target now — just as we now hear “climate change” so much rather than “global warming”. The scare tactics continue to morph into other scenarios much like a virus will mutate.

  16. Its a coalition of the willing, except that not many are actually willing any more. But whose bright idea was it to install someone like Moon who can barely be understood when he speaks, he is like one of those old caricatures you used to see on comedy shows before PC fascism came along. The UN needed a clear and believable communicator who could deliver the ugly and evil new world order propaganda to the masses, what they got was an incoherent mumbler with all the gravitas of a Waiter in a one star hotel.

  17. JFW. Bank-on-it-I’m-a-Moonie is a self deluding, low born cleric of the church of global warming lies. Will no one rid us of this turbulent priest? Apologies to Schama History of Britain p. 142. “What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric?”

    • The UN was founded after the fall of the axis powers to fight the axis powers.
      Then it followed the blueprint of the Fabians “Shape Of Things To Come” (H G Wells spilled the beans in that one, he was a Fabian himself and thought, hey I can make a dime by just publishing the secret plans of my fellas) – trying to achieve military domination of the globe.
      JFK in a speech 1961 or so still proposed handing over all nuclear weapons worldwide to the UN.
      The military power plan fell apart due to the genocide the UN inflicted upon Katanga in 1961 though. Western supporters were appalled.
      The UN agonized for a decade, (completely shriveling in the run up to the 6 day war), then, finally, in 1971, rolled out their new strategy of scaring the world into obedience by means of enviro-pseudoscientific scares, inspired by Silent Spring and the CoR’s Limits To Growth, and had Maurice Strong cart NGO’s to the Stockholm summit and use them as controlled opposition to wip souvereigns into obedience.
      Ban Ki-Moon is only the latest executor of that strategy.

      • “I will link arms with those marching for climate action,” Ban told a press conference. (Grauniad)
        I wonder if he’ll link arms with celebrity Leonardo di Caprio, Al Gore, oe perhaps the mild-mannered Quincy Saul, columnist for Truthout, who shared his rallying cries for the mob mustering up for the march in an op ed “Like a Dull Knife” on September 16.

        We are going to join the rest of the human race. For 200 years too long, citizens of the United States have been parasites and predators on the rest of the world. To prevent climate catastrophe, we are going to leave our imperial hubris behind, and join with the revolutionary ecosocialist uprisings that are sweeping the global South.

        The links I previously posted to this article, as well as to the People’s Climate March were pulled from my previous comment on this gathering. Again, I suggest review of the 1000+ participating organizations in the People’s Climate March, but you’ll have to use your search engine to get to their website, or to 350 org.
        http://wattsupwiththat.com/2014/09/16/obamas-lonely-climate-summit-world-leaders-are-staying-home/

  18. Other forms of communication? Australia may have to look into that. We’ve been applying hints with a sledge hammer but it doesn’t seem to be getting through Ban Ki Moonbeam’s thick skull…
    Prior to election the Australian PM said “global warming is crap”
    After the election he said there would be no more tolerance for “socialism masquerading as environmentalism”
    The last Globalist Warbler talk-fest we were forced to attend the Australian delegates lounged around in T-shirts and thongs, gorging on snacks and did nothing other than snigger at the believers.
    The new government then sacked the climate council and repealed the carbon tax.
    The “renewable” energy target is now being targeted and all new subsidy farming scams are now in doubt.
    But the UN kleptocrats still can’t take the hint. The world is no longer their stage and it is time for some sorry players to have their ignoble exits. The rubenesque diva is practising her scales and the buses are warming up.
    For every Globalist Warbler the outer darkness now awaits. Given their proven skills at wailing and gnashing of teeth the adjustment should not prove too difficult…

  19. Well done Anthony. Thank you for providing an opportunity for so many to provide their express their frustration with the lack of moral courage shown by so many in Politics, the Academia and the MSM who have supported this unsubstantiated, failed hypothesis of CAGW.
    Just a bit disappointed though that Australia wasn’t mentioned with the other countries rejecting this rubbish.
    Also, well done to Mark Steyn. Lets hope he has the full measure of success to which he is entitled.

  20. “there are “other means of communications, ways and means of having their leadership demonstrated in the United Nations.”
    He must be referring to ’email’. That ban Ki-Moon, he`s so hip.

  21. Well, the message is clear: the fad of wringing your hands and peeing a puddle over climate change is now passe’. Also, our poor hand-puppet of a president is not going to revive the fad and reap benefits in the fall elections. Obama’s humiliation is the price he pays for not being able to see what all of the other chiefs can see: global warming is history.

  22. In an opinion piece called “Let’s Reject the ‘Inevitable’” (yeah right inevitable), Mark Bittman in the NY Times mentions this Sunday’s “People’s Climate March” in New York City as being more important than the World Leaders Climate Summit. Since the Climate summit is a dud, this piece seems like an attempt to downplay it.
    This is the first I have heard of the “People’s Climate March”, is there any other news on the it?
    LOL
    Sorry just the term “People’s Climate March”, people marching for the climate sounds absurd. I can see protesting dumping of nucleur waste near your community, or a factory polluting a river in your state, or lack of jobs, but protesting government not changing the climate is only possible in the reality of the insane.

    • Apparently it will be a good sized march, a friend of mine and Mass Sierra Club officer or whatever is going and said the buses are sold out. A lot of organizations are involved. Of course, there may be a number of people looking for a cheap one-day shopping trip in NYC.
      Sadly, the day of the march will be fairly warm, at least it’s being held between cool stretches of weather. There will be some freeze warnings up the next couple of nights in New Hampshire. We may wind up with a good foliage season this year. That’s worth staying home for!

    • Now it all falls into place: Obama goes to NYC and leads the parade in the vain hope of mobilizing public sentiment for the elections this fall. One problem- no other world leader will be there. Wonder how this will play in the media.

  23. Perhaps it is as simple as nobody really wants to spend time in New York. If the summit were to be held in Las Vegas they probably would have a full house of participants.

    • No question.. And a few more good men, like Steve M, are saving the worlds climate science and climate history from destruction.

  24. “WUWT story from two days ago….went viral” “Visitors:179,742”
    Well, as someone once said, ‘Everything is relative’
    “Everyone has a different opinion on what classifies as “viral.” Marketers tend to use it in a different way that regular folks do. While regular Internet users might describe a viral piece of content to be something like the Gangnam Style music video, businessmen and marketers might call a simple infographic or discount a viral sensation if it gets shared automatically just a few times.”
    http://webtrends.about.com/od/howtoguides/a/Viral-Online.htm

  25. The simultaneous “inability” to attend of so many world leaders…. On a matter of such dire world import?
    I love the Moon-spin. Rather than admit the leaders have better things to do, he turns it into a “it’s not their fault” moment.

    • part of the scarcity is likely to be the lame-duck status of O. His rapidly declining popularity all by itself is a huge factor: No one wants to be seen with him.

    • I’d go but my brother-in-law is in town for the week.
      I’ve set up tee times, hair appointments and a manicure.
      I hate to miss the meeting but I’m just unable to tear myself away.

  26. I think we should encourage Dumbo and the Far East version of Moonbeam to go play together in their little clubhouse. At least they are out of our hair for a short while being idiots doing idiot things to those of us gassing up our cars to get to work in order to support their little habits and obsessions.

  27. Since there are other means of communication, why not cancel these summits altogether? Has anyone done a formal calculation of the carbon footprint of the thousands of people who arrive at such summits.

  28. Perhaps the Australian government could persuade Barry Humphries to send Sir Les Patterson, the charming, diplomatic and abstemious High Representative to the Court of St James…
    (For those of an American persuasion who may not have seen this character – I’m sure he’s on Youtube somewhere – just make sure there are no children or elderly relatives of a nervous disposition in the room…)

    • oh 🙂 ROFLMAO! excellent suggestion.
      and on “other means of comms”
      well TA made it very clear NO climate crud up for discussion at the G20 in qlkd later this year either
      reckon thats crystal clear!
      [“qlkd” is Queensland? .mod]

    • While Sir Les Patterson was designed to appeal to rough house humour types, I recommend the character Sandy Stone for a much more subtle representation of thoughts and emotions from the creative brain of Barry Humphries. Sandy Stone is a can of worms portrayed with brilliance.

  29. there are “other means of communications, ways and means of having their leadership demonstrated in the United Nations.”

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    Yeah, in England it involved two finger. In USA I think it is the middle finger only.

  30. According to Ban “…there are “other means of communications, ways and means of having their leadership demonstrated in the United Nations.”
    Yeah…not showing up should tell ol’ Ban and the world something.

  31. I’d say the Moon Man might be better advised to tend his housekeeping chores. According to reviews, the U.N.’s monstrous financial management software system is lying in a pile of digital ashes that threatens current peacekeeping operations. What went wrong? Well, they got off to a bad start by naming the system Umoja (that means “unity” in Swahili). Now we have a new definition of “Umoja”: A self-eating melon.

  32. At the Paris Conference, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations all the nations of the world will be bound by a universal ‘binding and irreversible’ agreement on climate change.
    OK, so when do we all get to vote?

  33. I nominate Anthony Watts for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council…
    First order of business: dissolution of the UN…

  34. Yo, Ban.
    When you’ve fixed Africa give me a call. We’ll have lunch in NY and chat.
    End the wars, get the people electricity and roads, ensure clean safe potable water and plenty of food and medicines… that shouldn’t take more than 20 years or so.
    Don’t forget to call me when you’ve got that done.
    Stop bothering me with your lies.

    • This, of course is the gist of the problem with the UN and the alarmist movement in genera: they spend all this cabbage and energy (jet fuel in particular) on a problem that is not yet understood or even reliably quantified while real problems that cause suffering, disease and human misery are shoved to the side.

  35. Today, Australian Prime Minister Abbott was meeting with aircrew and troops heading for middle east war zones, to assist people threatened by beheading filth of Islamic origins. He interrupted a stay in tents in the bush, coming personally to grips over several days re our aborigine problems.
    During the day, unprecedented news broke of a large police roundup of persons of interest in the matter of terrorism. There was intercepted telephone evidence of a plan to take one or more members of the ordinary public – like you or me – and to behead them for onlookers to view.
    We in Australia, I suspect a majority of us, are more pleased with our National leader actively participating in events of significance to each of us, rather than carpetbagging at a UN climate change talkfest. There are indications that our PM considers that no important value remains in obediently following the global warming caravan of unproven belief in the Apocalypse.

    • Thanks for the update, Geoff. We don’t often hear such things in the States. By contrast, we heard a lot when your lady prime minister was actively pursuing green goals, but lately not so much.

  36. Mr. Moon’s “other means of communications, ways and means” probably resemble the Gestapo’s “we have our ways” of getting what they wanted.

  37. I understand Mr Moon is going to be at the 21st September Climate Believer demonstration. His leadership will increase the groups profile, and it should make them behave a little better as they call for a world wide revolution to save us from CO2.

  38. The UN started as a way for the two superpowers to round up gangs of small country supporters in a plausibly deniable way; then it morphed into an extortion scheme by 3rd world countries aiming at 1st world wealth; then it turned into a counter extortion scheme where the 1st world pays off a pack of 3rd world grandees and thugs and pays lip service to populist ideas while doing nothing of any kind at all in practice.
    And now the game is just about up, and pretty much everyone is sick of the UN. (except for the gang of apparatchiks in each country who are dedicated to riding that financial gravy train, but just like hobos of an earlier era, they will never get off that train until they’re thrown off.)
    Interesting.

  39. \\Ban was asked to comment on the leaders of India, Russia and China not attending his summit on climate change, which said is a “defining issue of our times.”//
    He got that right. Those who believe passionately in catastrophic global warming can be defined as big-government, authoritarian fear-mongers who rely on shoddy science and are gluttonous for more power.

  40. Can’t they get Matt Damon or Leonardo di Caprio to show up and dump water all over themselves or something? That would at least get some attention, but I think its been done, and media saturation has taken over.
    I dunno, dancing bears or something? Then at least PETA would show up.

    • With his newly annointed climate title of “UN Messenger of Peace” Leo is bound to bring something Hollywood to Broadway…its the only way this show is going to gain any public attention….can’t help but chuckle about the “un-messenger” monicker.

  41. All very good, but not so fast my friends…
    The EPA has a rulemaking in progress whose goal is to cut fossil fuel powered electric generating plants by 30%. The rule is 1,600 pages long and patently unworkable without major impact on cost and reliability. Go to “tellEPA.com” to learn more.
    Kudos, Anthony.

  42. Oreskes should be picketing the UN climate meeting in NYC, after all, she stood up at a recent AGU Annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco to say the UN’s IPCC is not alarmist enough because it is being influenced to play down real alarming AGW by fossil fuel advocates.
    John

  43. I for one consider it a huge deal when you make the head of the UN stop and address you. Congrats Anthony. You know you have made a difference when the bloated leaders can no longer ignore you. I feel that you are on the edge of some major breakthroughs when it comes to the populace understanding reality and it has been you and people like you that have brought them to this point. Keep up the great work.
    Cheers

  44. ~”See how they distance themselves, Kohai?” – Sean Connery, Rising Sun….
    I think the Moon Ban (bat?) needs to go to the movies and find out about Asian American culture…

  45. India wil use China Russia”Other forms of communication”? Other than alarmist arm waving?
    Thunderous silence is more likely? I sure don’t hear them playing the UN tune.

  46. But all of the USAID, IMF, and World Bank recipient countries are expected to be there on time and saying all the right carbon tax words (as instructed).

  47. The jig will soon be over.
    You can’t fool all of the people all of the time. They used to fool me until I looked closer.

    • I’m embarrassed that I used to door-knock for the green party over the issue including assist at election days at the polling station.
      Boy did I cop it when I began to question……and at that stage it was just innocently question…
      Didn’t see the totalitarian streak until I was subject to it.
      I’m far from alone I suspect.

      • Me too.
        I first was just asking “Gee, this looks serious. Can you explain?” questions. Then I started asking “But what about….” and got told in no uncertain terms that I was not to do that… and they said “Are you getting that from WUWT?” (in less polite terms). That was what sent me to WUWT.
        I’ve been happy ever since 😉
        But many of us have made the journey from the dark side to the light…

  48. What ever happened to the wonderful underhand diplomatic delights of United Nation leaders such as the likes of Kurt Waldheim.
    Ficus insipida

  49. Ban Ki Moon has a fantastic job. He gets paid a ton of money, jets around the world all expenses paid, and his only responsibility seems to be getting in front of cameras to explain that he isn’t as ineffective as he seems. He’ll retire at some point. I understand some guy named Barak is being groomed to replace him.

  50. there have always been other means of communicating – i suspect the physical gathering was as much for publicity as for discussion – if so – the lack of a gathering seems pretty significant

  51. The B.R.I.C.S hint?
    Is Brazil the black sheep to Russia, India and China. Followed by South Africa?
    After all, Brazil has cut down half the rain forests and South Africa has culled half the farmers.

  52. I expect that in a few years the revised attendance list will clearly show that all of the world leaders were there.

  53. From the Article,

    According to the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, headed by Indian Nobel laureate Rajendra Pachauri, the world is presently on a path that would well exceed the two degree Celsius (3.6°F) rise in temperature limit that countries have set to ensure that the world would not suffer the worst impacts of climate change. Really wanted Modi to attend UN climate change summit: UN chief Ban Ki-moon

    is Pachauri the same kind of Nobel laureate as Michael Mann by any chance,

    …the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change. Rajendra K. Pachauri

    Yes he is.

  54. 4 or 5 years ago Anthony Watts and WUWT was/were a name not to be spoken per the advocates of the “cause”.
    Times have changed.

  55. There certainly are more pressing problems. Although climate activists will argue, as I heard on the BBC yesterday, what good is finding a cure for ebola if climate change will surely kill you sooner.

  56. Here’s their official list of Speakers for the Grand Opening of the latest Ki-MoonFest:

    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
    Mr. Bill de Blasio, Mayor of the City of New York
    Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
    Mr. Al Gore, Chairman of Generation Investment Management and the Climate Reality Project
    Ms. Li Bingbing, Actress and UN Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador
    Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio, Actor and UN Messenger of Peace
    Ms. Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, Civil Society Representative from the Marshall Islands

    What is it they do not understand about the Goracle’s total lack of credibility, eh?! But, I digress … Apparently there will be three concurrent sessions of “National Action and Ambition Announcements” as well as other stuff throughout the day and the Closing Ceremony speakers will be:

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
    H.E. Mr. Ollanta Humala, President of Peru
    H.E. Ms. Graca Machel, Founder, Graca Machel Trust
    Performance by Ms. Natasha Bedingfield, singer and songwriter, accompanied by Mr. Toby Gadd, songwriter

    [Source: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/list-speakers/%5D
    And in case you were wondering (considering that this is a “by invitation only” confab) how you might “participate”:

    Acting on climate change is everyone’s responsibility. Here’s how you can do your part:
    You can share the following images with your friends on your social networks, or post them on your website or blog, to raise awareness of the importance of taking climate action. When you share them make sure you use the #climate2014 hash tag

    [Source: http://www.un.org/climatechange/take-action/%5D
    So, in answer to those who were wondering about KI-Moon’s claim that absent leaders could still “participate”, perhaps they’ll do so via twitter 😉
    Amazing, eh?!
    P.S. If you’re not totally convinced about “why you should care about climate change” then don’t miss the 1-2 minute videos from their 18 designated hitters:

    Business leaders, policymakers and UN officials** tell us why the (sic) care about combatting climate change and why you should too.

    [Source: http://www.un.org/climatechange/summit/2014/06/why-should-you-care-about-climate-change-2/%5D
    ** one of whom is WMO head honcho, Michel <There. Is. No. Pause> Jarraud

  57. Just for correctness,
    “I suggest, Mr Moon, that you and President Obama are currently experiencing a sample of that “other means of communication” you mentioned.”
    It would be Mr. Ban.
    Korean’s often list their family name first.

    • Just asked him why he’s building so many airports…….
      It might be a very rational and far-sighted plan to be able to evacuate the islands when they become inundated…..but I have a question mark in my head about that…

  58. If we cut all power, carbon based gas fuels, oils from all UN facilities and refuse to sell carbon-based products to any UN or diplomatic licensed vehicles, planes, etc., including refusing to let them ride in any public conveyance without paying a “carbon tax” of $US500 to the driver, all this will stop, overnight….

  59. The UN is telling the undeveloped world that it cannot industrialize and consume. That amounts to skewering the UNs powerbase.
    Arguments that the developed world will pay for mitigation and cut emissions further are implausable and untennable.
    The show is over and it is going to start getting ugly. … Fueled by green hysteria

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