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UN Secretary-General: African Industrialization Can Help Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 20 November 2008: In a message marking Africa Industrialization

Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening African industry

so that it can “play its rightful, catalytic role” and help overcome the

current triple financial, food and climate crises as well as make critical

progress on eradicating poverty.

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Global Gender and Climate Alliance Meeting Discusses Support to Women to Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change [viewed]

20 November 2008: A press conference on issues relating to

gender and climate change was held on 20 November 2008, at UN Headquarters, New

York, US, to recap a two-day meeting organized by the Global Gender and Climate

Alliance (GGCA) on how women could receive financial support for their

activities to mitigate or adapt to climate change.

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Icelandic Singer Björk Endorsees “CoolPlanet2009” Initiative [viewed]

Icelandic singer Björk 19 November 2008: The Icelandic singer Björk endorsed

“CoolPlanet2009,” an initiative recently announced by the UN Regional

Information Centre (UNRIC) for Western Europe that aims to raise public

awareness on the impacts of global warming and to mobilize support for new

commitments under climate change agreement, once the Kyoto Protocol's first

commitment period ends in 2012.

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UN Secretary General: WIPO Can Be “a Champion” in Joining Efforts to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

UN Secretary General and WIPO Director General. 18 November 2008: During his first visit to the World

Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

reaffirmed WIPO's unique role within the UN system in promoting intellectual

property, innovations and investment in new technology, which are crucial to

stimulate economic development and to tackle the current financial, climate,

food and oil crisis.

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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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