New Delhi, Sep 20 (UNI) Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon has invited Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra to participate in a high-level event on climate change at the United Nations Headquarters on September 24.
A large number of Heads of States of Government of Member states of the United Nations are expected to participate in the event which will deliberate on the topic 'The Future in our Hands: Addressing the Leadership Challenge of Climate Change'.
The Mayor has accepted the invitation and will leave for New York on September 23.
The main goal of the high-level event is to generate political momentum and send a strong signal to the United Nations framework convention on climate change conference of parties in Bali which will take place in December.
In the invitation to the Mayor, Mr Ban Ki-moon observed that local governments and municipal authorities, with their direct contact with the public and relationship to governments, have an enormous impact on political and public awareness of the climate change problem, the need to respond to it and the ability to implement measures to reduce emissions.
Chairman, Standing Committee Vijender Gupta said the UN invitation to the Mayor was a matter of honour for the country in general and to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi in particular.
''It is perhaps for the first time that a Mayor has been invited to UN event and to speak in the General Assembly,'' Mr Gupta said.
Leader of the House Subhash Arya informed that Ms Mehra was chosen by the UNFCC after screening of 26 Mayors of different metropolis in the world. Initially, three Mayors were shortlisted.
Ultimately, the Mayor of Delhi was invited to speak in the event, which being of global significance will be attended by Heads of participating Governments.