The UN’s so-called “expert” also made the standard calls for radical redistribution of wealth on a global scale.

GENEVA, Nov 28 (KUNA) — The UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and International Solidarity, Virginia Dandan, urged “old and new polluters” to take the lead in the climate change negotiations in Durban, South Africa, and push for ‘preventive’ international solidarity to confront head on the environmental global challenges.

“Will the inertia that has been ailing climate change negotiations finally break new ground” she asked. “International solidarity should be preventive rather than simply reactive to the massive irreversible damage that has already been caused not only by natural disaster but as well, by man’s activities.” “The world is calling for genuine international solidarity and multilateralism, and for its leaders to take a leap of faith in unison, and as one,” the expert said on the eve of the 17th Conference of Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention and the 7th Conference of Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol, in Durban.

For the UN Independent Expert, “there is great need for a radical mind-set change in order to bring back to the negotiating table the time-honoured values of humanity that have been forgotten after decades of market and profit driven orientation.” She stressed the imperative of revitalising the collective values built on cooperation and solidarity among nations and peoples, imbued with human rights principles, equality and justice.

“Greater cooperation and solidarity are required now more than ever before, to face the challenges posed by climate change such as the intensification and increasing frequency of natural disasters, as well as the continuing and widening poverty gap, and the series of food, energy, economic and financial global crises,” Dandan said.

“Failure in Durban would impact on the three pillars of the UN, namely peace and security, development and human rights, and pin the world down to ground zero,” she said.