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UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Could “Eclipse the Global Effort to Address Climate Change” [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address at the University of Philippines

29 October 2008: In a speech delivered at the University of

Philippines, in Manila, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon indicated that his

“most immediate concern” was that the financial crisis could “eclipse the

global effort to address climate change.” He noted that, while developing

countries face the same pressures as the US and Europe, they lack the resources

to tackle the crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Role of Wetlands in Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

10th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties 28 October 2008: In a video message to the tenth meeting of

the Conference of the Contracting Parties of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands,

taking place in Changwon, Republic of Korea, from 28 October-4 November 2008,

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the appropriateness of the

conference's theme, “Healthy wetlands, healthy people.”

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UN Secretary-General at UN Day Concert: How Can We Afford Not to Tackle Climate Change? [viewed]

Leadership, Partnership Crucial in Creating Safer, More Prosperous World, Says Secretary-General in Remarks at United Nations Day Concert.

27 October 2008: In a speech delivered on 24 October 2008,

in New York, US, at the concert for UN Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

welcomed Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, who were performing, as well as

the Heads of UN agencies and programmes who had gathered for the biannual

meeting of the UN System Chief Executives Board.

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UN Issues Stamps on Global Warming [viewed]

UN Issues Stamps on Global Warming 23 October 2008: The UN has issued an international postage

stamp set and informational booklet about global warming, exclusively using

photographs from Gary Braasch's book “Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is

Changing the World.” The publication is part of the UN's “Year of Planet Earth”

environmental focus.

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UN OHCHR Convenes Consultations on Climate Change and Human Rights [viewed]

OHCHR study on the relationship between climate change and human rights 22 October 2008: The Office of the UN High Commissioner for

Human Rights (OHCHR) convened an open-ended consultation meeting on the

relationship between climate change and human rights on 22 October 2008, in

Geneva, Switzerland.

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UN Secretary-General: Financial Crisis Should Not “Weaken our Resolve on Climate Change” [viewed]

United Nations System Chief Executives Board Meeting

24 October 2008: During a UN System Chief Executives Board

Meeting, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the need to support the poor

amid the global financial crisis, warning that gains made towards achieving the

Millennium Development Goals could be reversed. The meeting brought together

Executive Heads of the UN specialized agencies, funds and programmes and the

World Bank and International Monetary Fund to undertake a wide-ranging

assessment of the ongoing global crisis in financial markets and the threat of

recession in the global economy.

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UN Secretary-General: Turning Away from the Climate Challenge Would Be a “Double Blow” [viewed]

23 October 2008: On accepting the UN Association-New York Humanitarians of the Year Award, in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon thanked the Association for paying tribute to all the scientists, advocates and others “who have done so much at the UN to advance the climate change agenda over the years.” He underlined that turning away from the climate challenge while addressing the financial crisis would be “a double blow,” stressing the “enormous benefits” that can be drawn from making the transition to a low-carbon economy and addressing “one of the defining issues of our times.”

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UN Secretary-General and UNDP Administrator Discuss Development Issues with Eminent Economists [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (fourth from left) poses for a group photo with the world economists 23 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN

Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Kemal Dervis participated in an

informal discussion with five eminent economists at UN Headquarters in New

York, US, on 23 October 2008. The talks focused on the global financial crisis

and its expected impact on efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General: Climate Change Could Derail Africa's MDG Prospects [viewed]

21 October 2008: Speaking at the ninth Regional Consultation

Mechanism (RCM) meeting of UN agencies and organizations working in Africa,

which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro warned that the global financial crisis, compounded by food

shortages and the effects of climate change, could “derail Africa's prospects”

of attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Secretary-General Urges EU to Complete Energy and Climate Package, Addresses Financial and Climate Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 22 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has

addressed the climate and financial crises in a number of meetings and

statements in the past two days. He has sent letters to the heads of the EU

states, encouraging the EU to conclude its energy and climate package by the

end of 2008, in order to provide a positive signal to the international

community in its negotiations on emission reduction commitments for the

post-2012 period.

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