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UN Officials Underscore the Importance of 2009 for Climate [viewed]

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4 December 2008: In a news conference held at UN Headquarters in New York US, Robert Orr, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Strategic Planning in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, stated that 2009 will be a critical year for action on climate change. Also addressing the press conference, Janos Pasztor, Director of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Change Support Team, stressed that the Poznan meeting should lay out a “shared vision” that addresses what countries are willing to undertake in terms of long-term cooperation on climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Addresses Replenishment Conference for the Central Emergency Response Fund [viewed]

Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs 4 December 2008: In a message delivered at the High-level Conference on the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), organized by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined the key role played by the Organization in terms of emergency assistance. He noted the importance of humanitarian disaster response for development, and stressed that the financial crisis, climate change and population growth are likely to increase demands for relief aid in the future.

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Inter-Agency Standing Committee Calls For Efforts to Reduce Climate-Induced Disaster Risks [viewed]

3 December 2008: The Inter-Agency Standing Committee, comprising nearly 20 UN agencies and aid organizations, appealed for increased global action to boost preparedness for effective response to disasters brought on by climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Asia to Foster Economic Growth While Mitigating Climate Change [viewed]

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2 December 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed a meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative that convened in Hong Kong, China, from 2-3 December 2008, in a video message. He underlined the interrelations between the financial turmoil, accelerating climate change, persistent poverty and hunger, and called on the Asia-Pacific region to play a “leading role” in averting a “human catastrophe.”

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OCHA Launches Humanitarian Impact of Climate Change Campaign [viewed]

A boy whose house was destroyed by Cyclone Nargis that hit Myanmar in May 2008 watches an approaching storm. [Photo: UNICEF/Adam Dean] 2 December 2008: The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the humanitarian implications of climate change.

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OHCHR Calls for a Human Rights Approach to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

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December 2008: As the world celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has stressed that a wide range of universally recognized rights – such as the right to food, to adequate housing and water, and to life – are under threat due to climate change. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has called on the Poznań Climate Change Conference to take into account the human rights impacts of climate change, and to protect the most vulnerable people.

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UN Secretary-General: Fight Against Climate Change Part of the Solution to the Financial Crisis [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at development financing conference in Doha 29 November 2008: At the opening of the International Conference on Financing for Development to Review Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus, taking place in Doha, Qatar, from 29 November-2 December 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for “bold and effective efforts” to ensure that “today's emergency does not become tomorrow's human crisis.”

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UN Secretary-General to Attend Climate Change Conference in Poland [viewed]

25 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon plans to attend the next round of climate negotiations in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland. At the opening of the High-level Segment, he will articulate his ideas for some of the key issues under negotiation, such as the nature of the shared vision needed for long-term cooperative action on climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Linkages Between Climate Change, Development and the Global Economy [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 24 November 2008: In an editorial published in the Japan Times, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscores that the financial crisis is unique and potentially overwhelming, and warns against the risk of it evolving into “tomorrow's human crisis.”

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Greater Involvement of Women in Decision-Making Processes in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 21 November 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro, in an address to the Sixth African Development Forum, emphasized that, while many African countries have experienced economic growth in recent years, glaring gender disparities remain.

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