Climate Change Celebs in the Spotlight

Third and final segment on important people worth watching as the Montreal conference draws to a close

Sarah McGregor
Published: Wednesday, 12/07/2005 12:00 am EST

Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations, Louise Fréchette --Ms. Fréchette returns to her hometown of Montreal today to address the opening session of the high level summit of the United Nations Climate Change Conference. She is the second in command at the UN -- her boss is Secretary General Kofi Annan -- and has held the influential position in New York for over seven years. A career public servant with the Canadian government before her UN appointment in 1998, Ms. Fréchette bounced between senior positions in the departments of finance, foreign affairs and trade, and served as Canada's ambassador to the UN in the early 1990s. In Montreal this week, Ms. Fréchette will likely project a message commonly heard from her boss, Mr. Annan. He says that urgent action on climate change is a global responsibility that should be shouldered by every nation -- even ones that haven't signed the Kyoto Protocol. Today, Ms. Frechette's remarks may be perceived as taking a sharper edge. Mr. Annan's blueprint for UN reform, called In Larger Freedom, says a "more inclusive international framework must be developed for stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2012 [when current

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