Kiyo Akasaka

Kiyo Akasaka is Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information at the United Nations. Before assuming his post in March 2007, he was Deputy Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Mr. Akasaka was Japan's Ambassador to the UN from 2000 to 2001. He has held a number of senior positions in the Japanese Foreign Ministry and served as one of his country's negotiators at the Kyoto Conference on Climate Change in December 1997.

Ever since I attended the Kyoto Conference on Climate Change in 1997, I have been fascinated by the development of the international debate on this issue. There are few forces that can literally reshape the global landscape as climate change can. Rising sea levels, melting glaciers, lakes that are drying up and rainforests that become savannahs are just some of the changes that are wrought by climate change.