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UNWTO LEADERS CALL FOR GREEN ECONOMY SUPPORTING GLOBAL POLICIES [viewed]

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministers' Summit convened in London, UK, on 10 November 2009.

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Pre-COP-15 Meeting Convenes in Copenhagen [viewed]

Eu Swedish Presidency17 November 2009: Forty ministers responsible for environment and climate met in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 16-17 November 2009, to prepare for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP-15) to the UNFCCC, scheduled to be held in December. At the meeting, ministers from Brazil and the Republic of Korea presented recently approved national decisions on emissions reductions.

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UN Secretary-General Emphasizes Link Between Food Security and Climate Change at World Summit [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon16 November 2009: Speaking at the opening of the World Summit on Food Security, which is taking place from 16-18 November 2009, at UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquarters in Rome, Italy, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “food security and climate change are deeply interconnected.”

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UN Secretary-General Urges All Heads of State and Government to Attend High-Level Segment in Copenhagen [viewed]

COP 1512 November 2009: In a statement issued by his Spokesperson, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the invitation by Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen of Denmark for Heads of State and government to attend the closing days of the UN Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen on 17-18 December 2009.

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UN Secretary-General Urges US to Take Leading Role in Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

ban-ki-moon-met-with-us11 November 2009: During a visit to Washington DC, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met with US Congressional leaders to discuss the status of international climate change negotiations.

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UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team Expresses Confidence about Copenhagen [viewed]

Janos Pasztor9 November 2009: During a press conference in New York, US, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, indicated that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is confident that “governments will reach agreement in Copenhagen on the fundamental issues that will form the substance of a legally binding international agreement which is the end goal for guiding action on climate change.”

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Experts at UN Press Conference Discuss Climate Change's Effects on Water [viewed]

Unlogo6 November 2009: Speaking at a UN Headquarters press conference, in New York, US, on 6 November 2009, Colin Chartres, Director General of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CIGAR) at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), warned that although some countries might get more rainfall as a result of climate change, those depending on snowmelt could expect water levels to drop by up to 30%.

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UN Regional Coordination Highlights MDGs and Climate Change in Africa [viewed]

Asha-rose Migiro5 November 2009: Regional discussions to identify support needed by Africa in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) highlighted the role of climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Migration [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon4 November 2009: In an address to the Third Meeting of the Global Forum on Migration and Development, taking place in Athens, Greece, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, identified three challenges facing migrants worldwide, namely the economic crisis, climate change and human trafficking.

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UNHCR Stresses that Climate Change Increases the Complexity of Humanitarian Action [viewed]

Un3 November 2009: In an address to the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly (social, humanitarian and cultural issues), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)  Antonio Guterres highlighted that mega-trends are causing humanitarian crises to multiply and to deepen.

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