Supachai Panitchpakdi Joins UN Climate Financing Panel

Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Photo by: UN /Ryan Brown

Supachai Panitchpakdi has accepted United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s invitation to join the U.N. high-level advisory group on climate change financing.

In a press release, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development explained why Ban asked the agency’s chief to join the group .

“The selection of Dr Supachai was made in part because of his experience with financial issues, in both the public and private sectors in Thailand, but also to represent the wider UN constituency within the AGF and to ensure that UN’s role is clearly recognized in the final report,” UNCTAD said. 

The advisory group is tasked to explore various sources of climate change financing. As reported by Devex, the committee, which is co-chaired by Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, is exploring long-term public and private sources of funding. It is expected to submit a “robust” report to the U.N. secretary-general by the end of October, Zenawi said as quoted by the U.N. News Center.

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