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UN Secretary-General's Annual Report: UN Uniquely Placed to Lead Efforts Against Climate Change [viewed]

UN poised to tackle some of today's most pressing challenges – Ban 7 October 2008: In his second annual report on the work of

the Organization (A/63/1), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the UN's

unique place to lead the response to global threats, in particular: climate

change, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and global

health.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “Defining Challenge of Our Era” [viewed]

7 October 2008: In a press conference at the UN Headquarters

in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized climate change

as the “defining challenge of our era,” and warned that the fight against this

challenge risks being “obscured by shorter-term problems, and in particular the

deepening financial crisis.” He expressed the hope that the climate

negotiations scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, will

result in increased cooperation and agreement on a timeframe of work, as well

as “a strong willingness” by developed and developing countries to lead on this

issue.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Increases Urgency to Implement Hyogo Framework [viewed]

Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of United Nations Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 8 October 2008: On the occasion of the International Day for

Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the greater

incidence of disasters in 2008 and called for increased action to “turn

commitments on paper into deeds” and implement the 2005 Hyogo Framework for

Action.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Warns Against Delaying Action on Climate Change [viewed]

6 October 2008: In her remarks to the Second Committee of

the General Assembly, taking place in New York, US, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro underlined that Africa is the region that faces the greatest

challenges, in particular in the context of climate change and the food and oil

crises.

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DSD/UNDESA and China to Co-Host Climate Change Technology Conference in Beijing [viewed]

6 October 2008: The Division for Sustainable Development (DSD), UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), and the

Government of China have announced the "Beijing High-Level Conference on Climate Change: Technology Development and Technology Transfer," which will take place on 7-8 November 2008. This invitation-only Conference will focus on four main areas: the current status and development potential of energy, and other climate-related technologies; the current status and trends in technology transfer; barriers to technology transfer; and policy options and possible new mechanisms to enhance international cooperation and technology transfer to developing countries under the UNFCCC.

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UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Underlines Climate Change's Exacerbating Effects on the Food Crisis [viewed]

John Holmes, USG for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator

1 October 2008: In an editorial column published on 30

September 2008 in the Washington Times, John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, stressed the urgent

need for a Green Revolution in Africa to deal, inter alia, with the challenges

of climate change and the food and oil crises.

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Climate Change Hinders Fight Against Poverty: UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for New and Urgent Responses [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 29 September 2008: Speaking at a Ministerial Meeting of

Least Developing Countries (LDCs), taking place in New York, US, UN Deputy

Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro underlined that climate change and the food

and oil crises add new pitfalls to achieving the 10-year Brussels Programme of

Action.

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Secretary-General Urges Better Disaster Risk Reduction to Adapt to Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

29 September 2008: Addressing the Ministerial Meeting on

Reducing Disaster risks in a Changing Climate, which took place in New York,

US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged enhanced efforts to reduce the

fall-out from natural disasters, noting that climate change leads to harsher

weather extremes.

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UN Private Sector Forum Discusses Business Action in Achieving the MDGs and Food Sustainability [viewed]

Former United States President Bill Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick.

24 September 2008: The first UN Private Sector Forum on the

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Food Sustainability convened on the

side of the opening of the UN General Assembly, to further business commitment

towards the MDGs and serve as platform to articulate business perspectives on

actions needed for their achievement.

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UN Secretary-General Launches UN REDD Programme [viewed]

Government trainees and forest workers make a tree inventory, Philippines 24 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

announced the launch of the United Nations' Reduced Emissions from

Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) Programme, which aims to combat

climate change through creating incentives to reverse deforestation trends.

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