What I learned was to give people more credit, and trust, that like me, they want to know about things they might not know a whole lot about. Despite everything Rocio had heard and seen in her country with gay issues, she was willing to reevaluate her opinion or at least think about it after our lesson.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose second term in office is coming to an end, has a legitimate right to regard the climate deal as the centerpiece of his legacy. Not at least because of his systematic and pertinent push to navigate member states toward a formal approval of the threshold of 55 percent of global emissions needed to put the accord into force.
Campaigns to reform the selection process for the Secretary-General have worked to achieve the same goal -- to select the best candidate for the job. Civil Society, the Office of the President of the 70th General Assembly, and many dedicated Member States have done a laudable job to move towards this ideal.
A Secretary-General prepared to integrate a response to the risk posed by climate change across the UN will have the best chance at delivering peace during these turbulent times. International security today is dependent on understanding the effects of climate change on people's prosperity within states and relations between states.