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FAO Focuses on “Food Security in Times of Crisis” to Mark World Food Day [viewed]

© FAO16 October 2009: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) observed annual World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October, with events around the world focusing on the theme of “achieving food security in times of crisis.”

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UNGA Second Committee Panel Discusses Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

© UN13 October 2009: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) Second Committee participated in a panel discussion focused on “Climate Change Negotiations: Road to Copenhagen,” on 13 October.

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Secretary-General Reports to UNGA on Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications [viewed]

© UN September 2009: The UN Secretary-General's report on “Climate Change and its Possible Security Implications” (A/64/350) has been released.

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UN Secretary-General at ITU Telecom World 2009: Information Technologies Part of Climate Change Solution [viewed]

© ITU5 October 2009: Addressing the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of the solution to the threats imposed by climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Investment in Green Energy at Opening of Global Renewable Energy Forum [viewed]

© Distinguished guests join Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa at the Inaugural Plenary Session of the Global Renewable Energy Forum in Leon, Guanajauto, Mexico, including: Georgina Kessel, Secretary of Energy, Mexico; Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO); Juan Manuel Oliva Ramírez, Governor, State of Guanajauto; Rajendrah K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and CEO, TERI, India; and Hélène Pelosse, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).7 October 2009: In a message delivered to the 2009 Global Renewable Energy Forum, organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) along with the Government of Mexico, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged business leaders and governments to invest in green energy schemes that move economies away from carbon-intensive energy strategies.

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Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Stresses Links between Investment, Trade and Climate Change [viewed]

© UN5 October 2009: Addressing the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored the global economic crisis and climate change as key threats to development, peace, security and human rights.

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UN Secretary-General Warns Collective Action on Climate Change Necessary to Avoid Catastrophe [viewed]

© UN1 October 2009: Speaking at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “if ever there were a time to act in a spirit of renewed multilateralism ... it is now.”

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International Media Consultation on Adaptation Strategies to Water and Climate Change Points to Media's Role for Awareness Raising [viewed]

© UN Photo/G. Hunter25 September 2009: The International Media Consultation on Water and Climate Change, held from 24-25 September 2009, at the University of Zaragoza, Spain, highlighted media's role in fostering and implementing government policies for adaptation to climate change in water resource management.

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UNCCD COP 9 Considers Links with Climate Change during High-Level Segment [viewed]

L-R: Lincoln Ralechate Mokose, Minister of Forestry and Land Reclamation, Lesotho; Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD; Sherry Ayittey, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Ghana; Sergio La Rocca, Under-Secretary of Planning and Environmental Policy of Argentina; Octavio Pérez Pardo, Director of Soil Conservation, Argentina; Clemente Dlamini, Ministry of Environment, Swaziland; and Ramadham Saif Kajembe, Ministry of Forestry and Environment, Kenya29 September 2009: The high-level segment of the ninth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 9) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) conducted a roundtable discussion on “Desertification/land degradation and climate change – what role for the land in the ongoing negotiations for a new climate change regime at Copenhagen?” The two-day segment, which convened from 28-29 September 2009, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, brought together participants from over 60 States.

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UN Secretary-General Optimistic about Progress on Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon29 September 2009: Addressing a press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was optimistic about the UN's central role on major issues including the climate change negotiations, nuclear disarmament and the financial crisis.

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