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Posted on on April 21st, 2010
by Pincas Jawetz (

The following is a letter of recommendation for Senator Elizabeth H. Thompson in her application for the job of Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC that we received from India and we were asked to forward it to the UN Secretary, Mr. Ban Ki-moon.

We followed up by sending it to his spokesman – Mr Nesirky.

Dear Mr. Nesirky,
Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General

I just received to our Media outlet the following letter from SEEM,
India and its Energy and Environment outlet. As I was asked to forward
the attached to the attention of the Secretary-General, it occurred to
me that the best way to do this would be to pass it on through you. I
think this would be completely appropriate.

Sincerely yours,
Pincas Jawetz
Editor, and correspondent covering the UN,
The Sustainable Development outlet –

As our contact from India suggested, we are also posting the letter on our website:



Mr. Ban Ki-moon

Secretary General                                                                       April 17, 2010, INDIA

United Nations Secretariat
New York, NY 10017, USA

Honorable Secretary General Ban Ki-moon:

It gives us immense pleasure to learn that the Government of Barbados have nominated Senator Elizabeth H. Thompson to contest for the post of Executive Secretary of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

This good news has been well received by our publication ‘energy manager’ as well as its publishers The Society of Energy Engineers and Managers (SEEM) from India.

In the last leg of April 2008, I read an important news ‘Winners of UNEP Champions of the Earth Awards 2008 Call for Urgent Action on Climate Change – Catalysts for the Global Green Economy Honored at Gala Evening in Singapore Singapore/Nairobi, 22 April 2008 – Seven leading lights in the battle against global warming who are also catalyzing the transition to a greener and cleaner global economy were today acknowledged as the 2008 Champions of the Earth.

Within minutes I sent out our invitation on email to all the seven winners to send us their good wishes to our July 2008 issue commemorating ‘The Year of Planet Earth’. But only one winner, Senator Thompson had the courtesy, heart and the attitude to send us a thought-provoking message. Since then she was kind enough to contribute article and also act as the Guest Editor of our October 2008 issue. And, Senator Thompson has maintained that good relations with us until today, despite her time constraints.

What is amazing is not only Senator Thompson’s devotion towards the subjects of climate change, energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, but also the excellent spirit she has always exhibited by sharing her wide knowledge with publications like ours in India with 1.3 billion people.

Let me quote a tiny paragraph that I had read and preserved from a news report during April 2008: “Liz Thompson, the winner for Latin America and the Caribbean whose many achievements include inspiring and pioneering a response to a major challenge for small island developing states-improved solid waste management-said: “You go to work every day and do something you are passionate about. But do not think anyone is taking notice at this level“.  It really reflects Senator Thompson down-to-earth attitude and simplicity.

We, from India, most sincerely recommend her nomination to the post of Executive Secretary as she will be an asset to UNFCC. We wish Senator Thompson whole heartedly all success in her pursuit to become the next Executive Secretary of UNFCCC.

Before concluding, we also wish to record our great appreciation towards your dynamic leadership in running the UN Council most successfully. Also, we wish best of luck to outgoing Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.

With best regards,




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