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UN Secretary-General to IPU Assembly: Parliamentarians Play Crucial Role in Addressing Climate Change [viewed]

© IPU5 April 2009: In a message delivered to the 120th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), held from 5-10 April 2009, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on parliamentarians to help maintain the momentum to address climate change in face of the current economic crisis.

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UN Secretary-General Discusses Climate Change at CEB Meeting [viewed]

© CEB3 April 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Paris, France, on 3 April 2009, for a two-day gathering of the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB).

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UN-DESA Policy Brief Identifies Elements for a Global Green New Deal [viewed]

March 2009: The Director of the Division for Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN-DESA), Tariq Banuri, has co-authored a UN-DESA Policy Brief titled “A Global Green New Deal for Sustainable Development.”

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UN Secretary-General Welcomes G20 Leaders' Pledge to Reach Agreement in Copenhagen [viewed]

Ban Ki-moon2 April 2009: In a statement to the G20 Summit, which took place on 2 April 2009, in London, UK, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the G20 leaders' commitment to a $1.1 trillion package and their recognition of the interlinkages between tackling the economic crisis and addressing food security and climate change.

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UN Secretary-General Welcomes Prince of Wales' Proposed Forest Financing Mechanism Working Group [viewed]

1 April 2009: In a speech to a meeting on climate change and forests, which took place on 1 April 2009, in London, UK, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the launch of the Rainforest Project by the Prince of Wales, the host of the meeting.

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On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change Launched [viewed]

27 March 2009: The UN Department of Public Information (DPI) has launched an On-line Inventory of UN System Activities on Climate Change. The inventory is available through the Gateway to the UN System's Work on Climate Change, and is intended to provide information on activities underway throughout the UN system in response to the global climate change challenge.

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Under-Secretary-General Highlights Water-Climate Links at World Water Forum [viewed]

UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang

17 March 2009: UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang addressed several audiences at the fifth World Water Forum, which met from 16-22 March 2009, in Istanbul, Turkey. During the opening ceremony, he suggested “four strategic actions on bridging divides for water,” including engaging with other policy communities on the nexus between water challenges and climate change, accelerating progress in climate change adaptation, and improving human and institutional capacity backed by adequate financial resources.

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UN Expert Calls for Protection for Displaced People Worldwide at Human Rights Council Session [viewed]

Internally displaced persons in Somalia

13 March 2009: Speaking at the tenth session of the Human Rights Council, which is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2-27 March 2009, Water Kalin, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (IDPs), stated that over 26 million people are estimated to have been displaced by natural disasters and conflicts worldwide.

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UN Secretary-General Calls on Wealthy Nations to Adopt “Green” Stimulus Packages [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

13 March 2009: On the occasion of the 31st annual Lions Day at the UN, celebrated in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon explained that he will attend the G20 Summit in April in London, UK, where he would remind leaders of the developed world of the need to fulfill their promises to the most vulnerable people and for their stimulus packages to be “green” in order to help combat climate change by including investments in clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for “Climate-Proofing” the MDGs [viewed]

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro

11 March 2009: In a speech titled “Navigating the Shifting Sands of Globalization,” delivered at a conference convened jointly by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania, in Dar es Salaam, UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro underlined the need to acknowledge the gravity of the current challenges facing Africa, including climate change and the food and energy crises.

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