Political realism seems to prevail as leaders realize the futility of hanging on to their old strategy. Remember Ban Ki-Moon two years ago conjuring up the prospect of catastrophic consequences leaving us just 10 years to act?
Ivo de Boer, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has this to say about the change in strategy:
This is sorely needed for two reasons. First because the fight to combatclimate change can only be won successfully if the economics of this can be argued and demonstrated convincingly. Secondly because the UN system does need to adjust to the emerging challenges the world is facing. The UN currently has no platform where governments can discuss energy issues. Environment, industry and development policy are fragmented over different institutions. The UN's relationship with its financial arm, the World Bank, also needs significant strength.
A shift in focus now can bring the UN new relevance and an opportunity to force some urgently needed change.