Ban Ki-moon promoted a global Green New Deal while secretary-general of the United Nations. Climate Desk This story was originally published by the HuffPost and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon became the first major international diplomat to throw his weight behind the so-called Green New Deal , a nascent effort by left-wing Democrats to zero out planet-warming emissions and end poverty over the next decade. In an interview with HuffPost, Ban — now the co-chair of the newly launched Global Commission on Adaptation, a cadre of top world leaders slated to host a summit next year in the Netherlands — called the push “a very, very good initiative.” “I would strongly support it,” Ban said by phone Wednesday afternoon from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “This kind of initiative is good.” He held the movement in stark contrast to the climate agenda President Donald Trump has pursued, aggressively bolstering fossil fuel production and announcing a withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. He called the Trump administration “very worrisome.” “It is very important that the people should speak out,” he said. “I have always been urging that there […]

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