Reaction to UN Sec-Gen Ban Ki-Moon and Poland PM Donald Tusk speeches at COP19

Press release - 19 November, 2013
Warsaw, 19 November 2013 – In response to statements made today by UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, and Polish Prime Minster, Donald Tusk, at the UN Climate Change Negotiations in Warsaw, Maciek Muskat, Director of Greenpeace Poland, addressing Tusks’s introductory speech said:

“Tusk claims to hear the consensus among climate scientists about the seriousness of climate change, but he fails to listen. Scientists say we must leave most of the known reserves of fossil fuels in the ground and that there is barely space for new coal plants in our carbon budget. Prime Minister Tusk, however, seems to live in a fantasy land where all technology can continue to be used in a climate afflicted world – including coal. The coal addiction of the Polish Prime Minister is the reason for his government’s blocking European climate goals. This is throttling the chances of having any meaningful international deal, and hurting the opportunity to pull Poland into a future based on renewables. It should be clear that in order to make the EU a true leader and push the COP presidency towards bigger ambitions in 2014, PM Tusk must stop being ‘The Godfather’ of coal interests in Poland.”

In regards to the speech given by Ban Ki-moon, Martin Kaiser Head of the Greenpeace Delegation said:

“Ban Ki-moon rightly pointed out that climate change mitigation efforts by world governments’ fall utterly short to what is needed. What he did not address is that the UN talks are undermined by countries like Japan, Australia and Canada which did not stick to their previous commitments. Warsaw won’t even be a stepping stone towards a legal treaty in Paris, unlike what Ban Ki-moon hoped for. The fossil fuel industry continues to make policy leaders dance to their tune and stymie work towards a deal that works.”


Martin Kaiser, Head of Greenpeace Delegation 
Mobile: (PL) +48 518 785 814 (DE) +49 171 8780817

Maciej Muskat, Director of Greenpeace Poland,
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Tina Loeffelbein, Head of Media Relations COP19,
Mobile: +49 151 167 209 15