Lithuania calls for intl environmental governance during the 62nd session of the UN General Assembly
The President of Lithuania made a speech at a 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Monday. President Adamkus himself with a very strong environmental background called establishment of a UN Organization for the Environment with a revised and strengthened mandate since the world needs a more coherent and inclusive system of international environmental governance.
“The last several years constituted a breakthrough in understanding the dangerous consequences of environmental neglect when even the most ardent opponents of global warming have started acknowledging the disastrous effects of unrestrained human activity. This reality requires urgent, ambitious, concerted, and focused efforts by the whole global community. But the starting point must be a strong political will by all countries, international organizations, and political leaders for real and concrete actions,” noted the Lithuanian president.
The President also met with the Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus met United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Sunday. Two leaders discussed Lithuania’s contribution to stability and safety in Afghanistan, relations with Russia and the importance of the solutions to “frozen conflicts” in Georgia and Moldova.
As the presidential Press office informed later in the day, the Presidents of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia visited the New York Stock Exchange. In honour of the occasion, the presidents of the three Baltic States rang the closing bell.
President Adamkus said that the Baltic States represented a most dynamically growing part of Europe, emphasizing that the region had the highest GDP growth in the European Union over this decade.
Adamkus underlined that Lithuania had ambitious plans to create an effective and environment friendly energy sector and infrastructure by building a modern reactor unit at the Ignalina nuclear power plant. “To this end, we expect to attract foreign businesses,” said Mr. Adamkus.