Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg is the new co-chair of the United Nations panel tasked to raise climate change aid for developing countries, Reuters reports. Stoltenberg is replacing former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, whose Labour Party lost the recent U.K. election.
In his new post, Stoltenberg will be working alongside Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in leading the 19-member panel tasked to find ways to raise USD100 billion ever year from 2010 to help the developing world address climate change.
“It’s decisive to ensure sufficient financing of measures against climate change in poor nations to get a new international climate deal in place,” said Stoltenberg, who has been a member of the panel since its birth, according to Reuters.
Stoltenberg recently hosted a conference in Oslo that raised some USD4 billion worth of pledges for the protection of the world’s tropical forests.