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Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, expresses concern that just weeks away from the United Nations Climate Change Conference Copenhagen, public support in the United States may be declining. UNTV / FILE
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STORY: UN CLIMATE CHANGE / PASZTOR
SOURCE: UNTV / UNICEF / MEA
TRT: 1.45
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 OCTOBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN building

26 OCTOBER 2009, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, dais
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team:
“We are now at a rather critical juncture on our way toward achieving a legally binding agreement that would guide global action on climate change. With Copenhagen just over a month away there is tremendous activity by governments in capitals and internationally to shape the outcome of Copenhagen. The level and intensity of discussions has increased to the highest levels and we expect this activity to continue to very last minutes of the Copenhagen conference.”
4. Wide shot, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team:
“There are reports of a new poll in the United States that indicate that interest and support for action on climate change may actually be declining. The Secretary-General sees US engagement as vital for a climate change deal, a point he made in an op-ed today and in interviews since Seattle. He stated that we cannot afford another period where the US stands on the sidelines.”
6. Med shot, reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Janos Pasztor, Director of the Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team:
“Climate change is not going to be resolved in Copenhagen in the next few weeks. We always knew that. It’s a long term problem that will be with us for many years if not decades to come. So, Copenhagen has to be a milestone with the political support that we have seen here for example at the summit. It’s very clear that governments want something ambitious out of Copenhagen and that’s what we need to work for.”
8. Zoom out, dais

FILE - MEA - DATE AND LOCATION UNKNOWN

9. Various shots, pollution

FILE - UNICEF - FEBRUARY 2008, CHELYABINSK, RUSSIA

10. Wide shot, factory smokestacks
11. Wide shot, train in front of industrial landscape

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A top United Nations climate change expert said today (26 October) that we are now at a “critical juncture” as governments scramble to come up with a legally binding agreement at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, just over a month away.

Janos Pasztor, Director of the Climate Change Support Team, said that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon considers US engagement as “vital for a climate change deal” and expressed concern that a new poll in the United States indicates that “interest and support for action on climate change may actually be declining”

Pasztor quoted the Secretary-General as stating that “we cannot afford another period where the US stands on the sidelines.”

The UN official stressed that climate change “is not going to be resolved in Copenhagen in the next few weeks” as it is a “long term problem that will be with us for many years if not decades to come”.

There are just 42 days left until countries meet in Copenhagen to 'seal the deal' on a new global pact to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change, which Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called “the defining challenge of our era.”

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