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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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UN Secretary-General Underlines the Economic Rationale for “Green Growth” [viewed]

Secretary-General Delivers Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture 30 October 2008: In a lecture delivered at the Rajiv Gandhi

Foundation in New Delhi, India, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined

that the financial crisis should not “become an excuse for deferring or backing

away from our fight against climate change.”

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Unprecedented Level” of International Cooperation to Tackle Climate Change [viewed]

30 October 2008: Speaking at the World Leaders Forum on

International Cooperation for Green Growth taking place on 30 October 2008, in

Seoul, Republic of Korea, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro noted

that many of the current challenges are due to unsustainable development paths,

and highlighted the interlinkages among the food, energy and financial crises,

as well as global warming.

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UN Secretary General Discusses Climate Change Corporate Initiatives with Indian Business Leaders [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial Lecture 30 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a

meeting in New Delhi, India, with leading Indian business leaders and Rajendra

Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Director-

General of TERI, to discuss the corporate initiatives undertaken by the TERI

Business Council to reduce the impact of climate change.

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