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UN to Decrease Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Month of August [viewed]

Taking aim at climate change in the landmark United Nations building in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today launched a new campaign, “Cool UN,”. Photo credit, United Nations

1 August 2008: The United Nations plans to decrease its

carbon footprint for the month of August by increasing the temperature in its

New York Headquarters and eliminating air conditioning on the weekends. The

initiative will result in an emissions decrease of the equivalent of 300 pounds

of carbon dioxide and, if the trial period is successful and the initiative is

extended, could save the UN roughly US$1 million annually.

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Highlighting Development, Climate and Food Crises, UN Secretary-General Urges Copenhagen Agreement [viewed]

29 July 2008: In a message to the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned

Movement in Tehran, Iran, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a successful

conclusion to climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, noting that progress towards

the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring food security have been severely

undermined by the climate crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Commends Germany's Leader for Efforts in Addressing Climate Change and the Food Crisis [viewed]

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OCHA-UN/ISDR: Disaster Preparedness for Effective Response – Guidance and Indicator Package for Implementing Priority Five of the Hyogo Framework [viewed]

July 2008. The UN Office for the

Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has launched, in collaboration with

the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) Secretariat, a

document for the implementation of Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) Priority Five

(disaster preparedness for effective response at all levels).

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Exhibit on Amazon Forest and Climate Change Opens at UN Headquarters [viewed]

10 July 2008: In the North-East Gallery of the UN Visitors'

Lobby, an exhibit entitled “The Amazon Forest & Climate Change” opened on

10 July 2008, and will be on display until 6 August 2008.

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UN Secretary-General Urges G8 to Focus on Climate Change [viewed]

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July 2008: In a series of statements and articles over the past two weeks, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasized the linkages between the food

crisis, climate change and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals

(MDGs).

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On the Way to Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban_kimoonlBy UN  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

It is a particular pleasure to have this opportunity to share some of

my thoughts through the inaugural edition of this bulletin – which I

hope will become a vibrant medium of communication and exchange in the

period ahead – as we each do our part to keep the promise we made in

Bali and to realize success in Poznań and then Copenhagen.

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Secretary-General Highlights Climate Change as Key Threat [viewed]

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June 2008: Speaking at the UN Association-UK in London, United Kingdom, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave a speech entitled “Securing the Common Good:

The United Nations and the Expanding Global Agenda.”

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Calls for Human Rights Approach to World Food Crises [viewed]

4 June 2008: Speaking at the FAO High-Level Conference on

World Food Security, which convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008, Louise

Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said that the food crisis is a

forceful signal “about individual human rights and the need for collective

action.” Reporting on a special session of the Human Rights Council on the food

emergency, she called for a human rights framework to analyze the causes of the

crises and “to clarify the power imbalances inside and between countries that

trigger or exacerbate the food crisis, including unfair trade practices or

skewed policies involving incentives and subsidies.”

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UN Secretary-General Reports Task Force Recommendations at FAO Conference [viewed]

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3 June 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban

Ki-moon urged “bold and urgent steps” to tackle the global food crisis in his

statement to the FAO High-Level Conference on World Food Security, which

convened in Rome, Italy, from 3-5 June 2008. Noting that food production will

have to rise by 50% by the year 2030 to meet rising demand, he said “it is

important that our longer term focus is on improving world food security - and

remains so for some years.”

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