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UN Secretary-General Appoints Two New Climate Change Envoys [viewed]

Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana 18 September 2008: The UN Secretary-General has appointed

Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, and Srgjan Kerim, outgoing

President of the UN General Assembly, as Special Envoys on climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Marks International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Highlights Need for Climate Change Agreement [viewed]

UN Secretary-General's Message on the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 16 September 2008: International Day for the Preservation of

the Ozone Layer was celebrated on 16 September 2008, with the theme "Montreal

Protocol – Global partnership for global benefits." In the UN Secretary-General's message

recognizing the day, Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the success of the Protocol

demonstrates that environmental protection can be sustained through economic

downturns, and encouraged governments to look for synergies among multilateral

environmental agreements as the Parties to the Protocol did when deciding to

accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Solution to Climate Change Crisis [viewed]

15 September 2008: Noting that media interest in climate

change issues has been fading since the release of the Intergovernmental Panel

on Climate Change's Fourth Assessment Report in November 2008, UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has stressed the importance of cooperation among

all sectors of society to tackle this challenge.

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UN Secretary-General Rides Solar-Powered Car to UN Headquarters [viewed]

Secretary-Genetral Ban-Ki moon driven to work by Solartaxi, a fully solar powered car. UN Photo/Mark Garten 12 September 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon rode a

“Solartaxi,” a fully solar-powered car, from his home in New York to UN

Headquarters, as part of his efforts to raise awareness of climate change and

promote environmentally-friendly technologies.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Developed Countries to Lead the Global Warming Initiative [viewed]

Ban encourages new graduates to have global perspective on today's challenges 10 September 2008: In a speech at Fairleigh Dickinson University, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki moon outlined the challenges of the world today, including climate change, the food and energy crises, and the fear of a global financial crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Stresses Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Stresses Impacts of Climate Change on Water Resources 1 September 2008: Addressing the Water Tribune at the

International Expo, which is taking place in Zaragoza, Spain, from 14 June to

14 September 2008, under the theme “Water and Sustainable Development,” UN

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recalled the UN's commitment to the protection

and adequate management of water resources, as well as the water-related

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Poznan to be a Successful Bridge towards Copenhagen [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 31 August 2008: In a press conference given on the occasion

of the twentieth anniversary of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

(IPCC) in Geneva, Switzerland, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated

the IPCC for its accomplishments and for removing any doubt that climate change

was happening with its Fourth Assessment Report.

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OCHA Commissioned Report on Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change Released [viewed]

Humanitarian Implications of Climate Change 22 August 2008: A report commissioned by the UN Office for

the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and CARE International finds

that climate change greatly complicates, and could undermine, efforts to manage

the challenges presented by droughts, floods and cyclones. The study identifies

the most likely humanitarian implications of climate change for the next 20-30

year period.

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UN to Assist in Establishment of Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for Pacific Countries [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 19 August 2008: In a message delivered by Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, to the Pacific Islands Forum summit meeting, which is taking place until 21 August 2008 in Alofi, Niue, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the creation of an Inter-Agency Climate Change Centre for coordinated UN support to Pacific Island Countries and regional organizations, in partnership with the Government of Samoa.

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Sustainability Standards for Biofuels Endorsed [viewed]

UN-backed expert group takes steps to establish new biofuel standard 13 August 2008: A UN-backed expert group, the Steering Board on Sustainable Biofuels (RSB), has endorsed a draft sustainability standard that would evaluate the economic, social and environmental effects of biofuels over their entire life-cycle.

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