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UN Secretary-General to Receive Honoris Causa Doctorate in Recognition of Contribution to Raising Awareness on Climate Change [viewed]

© UN15 April 2009: The UN Secretary-General has announced that he will be travelling to Valletta, Malta, on 21 April 2009, where he will meet with the President and Prime Minister before addressing the country's parliament.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Green Growth in Korean Herald Op-Ed [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon13 April 2009: In an op-ed column published in the Korean Herald, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that this year presents the opportunity to address “the two most vexing challenges of our time,” namely climate change and the economic crisis, at the same time. He explained that solutions to address climate change can catalyze green growth, the foundation for long-term economic prosperity.

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UN Secretary-General to IPU Assembly: Parliamentarians Play Crucial Role in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

© IPU5 April 2009: In a message delivered to the 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), held from 5-10 April 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help maintain the momentum to address climate change in face of the current economic crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change at CEB Meeting [viewed]

© CEB3 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Paris, France, on 3 April 2009, for a two-day gathering of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

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UN-DESA Policy Brief Identifies Elements for a Global Green New Deal [viewed]

March 2009: The Director of the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), Tariq Banuri, has co-authored a UN-DESA Policy Brief titled “A Global Green New Deal for Sustainable Development.”

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UN Secretary-General Welcomes G20 Leaders' Pledge to Reach Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon2 April 2009: In a statement to the G20 Summit, which took place on 2 April 2009, in London, UK, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the G20 leaders' commitment to a $1.1 trillion package and their recognition of the interlinkages between tackling the economic crisis and addressing food security and climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Welcomes Prince of Wales' Proposed Forest Financing Mechanism Working Group [viewed]

1 April 2009: In a speech to a meeting on climate change and forests, which took place on 1 April 2009, in London, UK, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the launch of the Rainforest Project by the Prince of Wales, the host of the meeting.

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On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change Launched [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) has launched an On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change. The inventory is available through the Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change, and is intended to provide information on activities underway throughout the UN system in response to the global climate change challenge.

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Under-Secretary-General Highlights Water-Climate Links at World Water Forum [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang

17 March 2009: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang addressed several audiences at the fifth World Water Forum, which met from 16-22 March 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. During the opening ceremony, he suggested “four strategic actions on bridging divides for water,” including engaging with other policy communities on the nexus between water challenges and climate change, accelerating progress in climate change adaptation, and improving human and institutional capacity backed by adequate financial resources.

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UN Expert Calls for Protection for Displaced People Worldwide at Human Rights Council Session [viewed]

Internally displaced persons in Somalia

13 March 2009: Speaking at the tenth session of the Human Rights Council, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-27 March 2009, Water Kalin, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), stated that over 26 million people are estimated to have been displaced by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide.

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