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UNEP Launches Green Star Awards [viewed]

Green Star Awards 17 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

launched, with Green Cross International and the UN Office for the Coordination

of Humanitarian Affairs, the Green Star Awards.

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UN Secretary-General Appoints Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

 International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) 17 November 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for

Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General's Special Representative for

the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).

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UN Secretary-General at G20 Summit Underlines Potential to Spur Green Growth [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets today with Madeleine Albright, former United States Secretary of State, ahead of G-20 meeting 17 November 2008: On 14 and 15 November 2008, UN

Secretary-General was in Washington, DC, US, to take part in the Group of 20

(G20) Financial Summit. In a statement to the assembled leaders, Ban Ki-moon

stated that “today's financial crisis should not evolve into tomorrow's human

crisis,” adding that leaders should not use it to justify neglecting other

critical issues such as poverty and hunger, the food crisis, and climate

change.

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UNEP Releases Report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds [viewed]

Cities Across Asia Get Dimmer: Impacts on Glaciers, Agriculture and the Monsoon Get Clearer

13 November 2008: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)

released a report on Atmospheric Brown Clouds (ABCs) that shows that, in

addition to affecting agriculture and human health, this layer of soot and

manmade particles can both aggravate, via the absorption of sunlight, and

counteract, via the reflection of sunlight and effects on cloud formation,

climate change due to greenhouse gases.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Creativity in Addressing the “Carbon Crunch” [viewed]

The 2008 Sustainability Summit 14 November 2008: In a video message to the Second Annual

Sustainability Summit, organized by the Los Angeles Business Council on 14

November 2008, in Los Angeles, California, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

stressed the need to be “more creative” in our efforts to change the course of

the unfolding “carbon crunch” and climate change crisis.

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UN Secretary-General: “Financial Crisis is Most Immediate, the More Existential is Climate Change” [viewed]

Nukunonu Atoll seaside, one of the regions of the world vulnerable to climate change. Photo credit, United Nations. 11 November 2008: In a joint op-ed piece published in The International Herald Tribune on 10 November 2008 with Indonesian President

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Danish Prime

Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for the

summit on the global financial crisis, scheduled to be held on 15 November

2008, in Washington DC, US, to seize the opportunity to tackle global warming.

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UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Offers Opportunity to Address Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses UN correspondents 11 November 2008: In his monthly press conference, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that the global financial crisis continues to be a priority, and noted that it presents an opportunity to address climate change

since “green growth can create millions of jobs” at a time of economic hardship.

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Beijing High-Level Conference Calls for Improved Technology Transfers to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

8 November 2008: The high-level conference on “Climate

Change: Technology Development and Technology Transfer,” which took place in

Beijing, China, from 7-8 November 2008, was co-hosted by the UN Department of

Economic and Social Affairs, and supported by the UN Foundation.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Bangladesh's Efforts in Disaster Risk Prevention [viewed]

2 November 2008: In a press conference given in Dhaka,

Bangladesh, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated that the financial crisis

should not “impede our efforts to fight climate change.” He described the

possible impacts of global warming on Bangladeshis, and noted the country's

efforts in disaster prevention and preparedness.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Addresses Gender Dimensions of Climate Change [viewed]

UNWTO 31 October 2008: At the Conference for Women Leaders,

co-sponsored by the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Gender Equality and the UN

World Tourism Organization ST-EP (Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty)

Foundation, held on 31 October 2008, in Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha Rose Migiro highlighted the burden of climate change on women and the need

to work towards gender equality, including in decision-making.

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