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UN Secretary-General, UNEP Celebrate World Environment Day [viewed]

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June 2008: Celebrations on World Environment Day, 5 June, focused on climate

change, with the theme “Kick the CO2 Habit.” At the New York launch of the

“Together” campaign by the Climate Group, an international charity dedicated to

working with big business and government to help solve climate change, Ban

Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, said “Climate change is too big a challenge for

any country, corporation, or community to address alone. Instead, it requires a

broad coalition acting together for the greater good... we are all part of the

solution.” The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched two reports on World

Environment Day.

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CBD: Link between Biological Diversity and Climate Change Highlighted [viewed]

Poster_international_day_for_biolog22 May 2008: On the occasion of International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD), which was observed on 22 May 2008, UN and UNEP dignitaries stressed the nexus between biological diversity, food supply and climate change.

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UN: World Environment Day to be observed with Theme of “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy” [viewed]

World_environment_day_2008_logoMay 2008: In the lead up to World Environment Day, which will be observed on 5 June 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon likened fossil fuel dependence to a dangerous addiction, saying “addiction is a terrible thing. It consumes and controls us, makes us deny important truths and blinds us to the consequences of our actions. Our world is in the grip of a dangerous carbon habit.” This year, World Environment Day will be hosted in Wellington, New Zealand, under the theme “Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy.”

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UNCCD: Executive Secretary meets with UN Secretary-General [viewed]

Luc_gnacadja_and_ban_kimoon_213 May 2008: UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Executive Secretary Luc Gnacadja met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.

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DESA: Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Addresses Inter-linkages among CSD Thematic Issues [viewed]

14 May 2008: Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, addressed the Ministerial Roundtable on Inter-linkages among the Thematic Issues, Including Adaptation to Climate Change, at the sixteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development held from 5-16 May 2008 in New York, US. During the 14 May discussion he asked, “if we agree that climate change is impacting, and will further impact, agricultural production, what are we doing in terms of adaptation?”

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ECOSOC: Deputy Secretary-General Migiro Suggests Examining Food Crisis Causes [viewed]

Asha_migiro_220 May 2008: In her address to the ECOSOC special session on the global food crisis, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro (right) urged policymakers to carefully examine the cause of crisis, including the increasing use of grain-based biofuels.

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UN Secretary-General Urges Action to Address Climate Impacts on Agriculture and Land [viewed]

Ban_214 May 2008: In his opening address at the High-level Segment of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged governments and other actors to prepare agriculture systems to respond to the negative effects of climate change.

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UN High-level Task Force on Global Food Crisis Holds Inaugural Meeting and Launches Website [viewed]

Moon12 May 2008: The inaugural meeting of the UN High-level Task Force on the Global Food Crisis, convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, focused on elaborating a comprehensive framework for tackling the challenges posed by the food price crisis. In his opening remarks at the 12 May 2008 meeting, Secretary-General Ban recognized that soaring food prices are “essentially linked to the global demand for food exceeding supply, the drivers of the crisis are complex and the consequences are varied. Tackling this issue will require international leadership and coordination at the highest level.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's statement | UN Press release | Task Force website

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UN Secretary-General Ban Addresses Climate Links with Development: Recent Statements Regarding Climate Change [viewed]

Ban_kimoonIn his 1 April 2008 address to the UN General Assembly's thematic debate on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that “development progress is gravely threatened by the effects of climate change and other major environmental challenges.” He highlighted that changes in our natural environment “can have adverse impacts on economic and social development,” and emphasized developing countries' need for “additional assistance and resources to support their adaptation efforts,” given their limited technological and financial resources.

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UN and World Council of Churches to Cooperate on Climate Change [viewed]

The World Council of Churches says it has reached an agreement with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for the two international organizations to work more closely on several global issues, particularly climate change.

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