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Tue 29 Apr 2014 12:24 PM

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Ban, Gore, Blair to headline Abu Dhabi climate change summit

UN secretary-general, former Us vice president & former UK prime minister to discuss how to limit rising global temperatures

Ban, Gore, Blair to headline Abu Dhabi climate change summit
Former US Vice President Al Gore. (Getty Images)

United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon, US businessman and former US vice president Al Gore and former UK prime minister Tony Blair will headline a climate change conference in Abu Dhabi next week.

The two-day summit includes various keynote speeches, panels and roundtables to discuss environmental issues including energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmentally-friendly transport, agriculture and economic drivers.

It aims to develop a range of proposals for action in both governments and businesses in a bid to ensure the global temperature does not rise more than 2 degrees Celsius.

Ministers and leaders from business, finance, and civil society are expected to attend the high level meeting, which is a prelude to a broader UN climate change summit in New York in September.

Ban said the Abu Dhabi Ascent would be a “critical milepost” in building momentum in the lead-up to the September event.

“I look forward to working with all leaders to ensure that the summit catalyses major steps on the ground and towards an ambitious global climate agreement,” he said in a statement.

The UAE is leading climate change action, with several key clean energy technology projects.

The conference will be held on Sunday and Monday and the event will be moderated by British TV presenter Sir Trevor MacDonald.

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