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The Seal the Deal! campaign

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The United Nations is leading a campaign to encourage governments to seal the deal on a fair, balanced and effective climate agreement when they meet in Copenhagen from 7 - 18 December 2009.

Titled Seal the Deal!, the campaign is designed to mobilize political leaders, the business sector and civil society – including NGOs, community environment groups, youth and faith organizations – on a global scale to apply pressure for urgent action on climate change.

Sealing a deal on climate change can be a path towards economic recovery and an investment with strong returns, today and for many generations to come. Delays and inaction will only make matters much worse for millions of people – and much more expensive. These costs will dwarf any sums now being used for economic bailouts.

As a system-wide campaign, Seal the Deal! provides a framework for UN advocacy and public action on climate change in 2009.

It features a series of special events and online activities which are building momentum in the lead-up to the crucial meeting of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP15, in Copenhagen.

The campaign focuses on promoting the following five elements as crucial to sealing a deal in Copenhagen:

  1. Comprehensive and timely action is needed to assist the poorest and most vulnerable adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change.
  2. Industrialized countries need to agree to ambitious mid-term greenhouse gas reduction targets.
  3. Developing countries need to undertake nationally appropriate actions that will cut their emissions beyond business-as-usual.
  4. Financing and technological support for both mitigation and adaptation needs to be scaled up significantly, particularly for those countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. This includes an adaptation framework and incentives for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation.
  5. An accountable institutional mechanism and equitable governance structure must be established to channel resources efficiently to developing countries.

Get involved!

Sign the Climate Petition at or visit an event where you can stamp a Seal the Deal banner.
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Published by the UN Department of Public Information – DPI/2543 I – September 2009

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