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World Oceans Day Highlights Impacts of Climate Change on Marine Life [viewed]

8 June 2009: World Oceans Day was celebrated officially for the first time on 8 June. The 2009 event focused on the theme “Our Oceans, Our Responsibility.” In a message to mark the Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored the impacts of human activities on marine life, emphasizing that climate change causes sea temperature increases, sea-level rise and ocean acidification.

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UN DESA Policy Brief: Reaching a Climate Deal in Copenhagen [viewed]

© COPYRIGHTFOTO June 2009: The latest policy brief in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs' (UN DESA) policy brief series, titled “Reaching a Climate Deal in Copenhagen,” examines development and burden-sharing aspects related to mitigation and adaptation that need to be considered to ensure a successful and sustainable outcome of the negotiations.

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UN Secretary-General Emphasizes U Thant's ‘One World' Concept in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

© UN3 June 2009: In a speech given at a lunch in honor of the centenary of the birth of former UN Secretary-General U Thant, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that U Thant was at the origin of the concept of ‘One World' and underlined that the food, energy, financial and climate crises emphasize “the interconnections of our ‘One World'.”

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UN Secretary-General Urges Businesses to be “Advocates for Climate Action” [viewed]

© UN2 June 2009: In a video message to the 19th anniversary dinner of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 2 June 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that the ICC had helped the UN launch the Global Compact 10 years ago.

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DSD Seeks Submissions on Climate Change for Upcoming Issue of Natural Resources Forum Journal [viewed]

© UN30 May 2009: The UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has called for the submission of articles and viewpoints to be included in a special section on climate change in an upcoming issue of Natural Resources Forum: A United Nations Sustainable Development Journal.

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UNPFII Considers Climate Change and Land Tenure Issues [viewed]

© UNPFII29 May 2009: About 2,000 indigenous representatives, as well as representatives of member States, civil society, academia, some 35 UN entities and other intergovernmental organizations, participated in the eighth session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), which convened from 18-29 May 2009, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change with Finnish President [viewed]

© ENB26 May 2009: In a press conference while on an official visit in Helsinki, Finland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reported on his meeting with Finnish President Tarja Halonen.

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UNESCO's “On the Frontlines of Climate Change” Forum Discusses Indigenous Views and REDD [viewed]

© On the Frontlines of Climate Change19 May 2009: “On the Frontlines of Climate Change,” an internet forum launched by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in partnership with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Secretariat of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), has published an article on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD).

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UN Secretary-General Urges Business Community to Help “Seal the Deal” [viewed]

© Copenhagen Climate Council26 May 2009: Speaking at the World Business Summit on Climate Change, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 24-26 May 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the over 500 participating business leaders to use their business acumen to urge government leaders to reach an agreement on reducing greenhouse gases at the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP15) in December 2009.

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UN Secretary-General on World Environment Day: Citizens Should Press Their Governments to Seal the Deal in Copenhagen [viewed]

26 May 2009: In a message to mark World Environment Day, which will be celebrated on 5 June under the theme “Your planet needs you,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that “the Earth faces the grave threat of climate change.”

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