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World Food Day: UN Officials Address Linkages between Hunger, Surging Food and Fuel Prices and Climate Change [viewed]

World Food Day, 16 October 2008 16 October 2008: On World Food Day (WFD), the heads of UN agencies called attention to the ongoing crisis of hunger and its interrelations with climate change and rising fuel prices.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Calls for Giving “Dedicated Attention” to Climate Change [viewed]

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro 14 October 2008: UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose

Migiro presented the Secretary-General's proposal for strengthening the

development pillar of the UN Secretariat to the Fifth Committee of the General

Assembly, which deals with administrative and budgetary matters, Underlining

the importance of concerted international action in addressing development

challenges, she stressed the intensifying effects of climate change, the food

and energy crises, and the global financial turmoil.

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UN Secretary-General Calls for Urgent Multilateral Action [viewed]

13 October 2008: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called

for “deep and systemic” reforms based on inclusive multilateralism for a global

financial system that can better meet the challenges of the 21st century.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Spares No One [viewed]

10 October 2008: In a message for UN Day, to be observed on

24 October 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underlined that the global

threats of the 21st century, including climate change and the spread of disease

and deadly weapons, “spare no one.”

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary and Jeffry Sachs Discuss How to Best Address Climate Change [viewed]

A high-level discussion on the role of the Kyoto Protocol's flexible mechanisms held at Columbia University in New York

9 October 2008: At a special event at Columbia University in

New York, US, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer and economist Jeffrey

Sachs discussed whether a carbon market or carbon taxes are the best way to cut

greenhouse gas emissions.

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Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Stresses that Climate Change Increases Frequency of Disasters [viewed]

John Holmes, Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator

7 October 2008: On the eve of International Day for Disaster

Reduction, during a news conference in New York, US, UN Under-Secretary-General

for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes

underlined the cost-effectiveness of reinforcing hospitals to make them safe

from disasters. He explained that the Day aims to raise awareness of the

inter-connection between disaster reduction and climate change prevention,

mitigation and preparedness.

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UN Secretary-General's Annual Report: UN Uniquely Placed to Lead Efforts Against Climate Change [viewed]

UN poised to tackle some of today's most pressing challenges – Ban 7 October 2008: In his second annual report on the work of

the Organization (A/63/1), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the UN's

unique place to lead the response to global threats, in particular: climate

change, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and global

health.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change is the “Defining Challenge of Our Era” [viewed]

7 October 2008: In a press conference at the UN Headquarters

in New York, US, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterized climate change

as the “defining challenge of our era,” and warned that the fight against this

challenge risks being “obscured by shorter-term problems, and in particular the

deepening financial crisis.” He expressed the hope that the climate

negotiations scheduled to take place in December 2008 in Poznan, Poland, will

result in increased cooperation and agreement on a timeframe of work, as well

as “a strong willingness” by developed and developing countries to lead on this

issue.

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UN Secretary-General: Climate Change Increases Urgency to Implement Hyogo Framework [viewed]

Ban Ki-Moon. The Secretary-General of United Nations Message on the International Day for Disaster Reduction 8 October 2008: On the occasion of the International Day for

Disaster Reduction, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted the greater

incidence of disasters in 2008 and called for increased action to “turn

commitments on paper into deeds” and implement the 2005 Hyogo Framework for

Action.

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UN Deputy Secretary-General Warns Against Delaying Action on Climate Change [viewed]

6 October 2008: In her remarks to the Second Committee of

the General Assembly, taking place in New York, US, UN Deputy Secretary-General

Asha-Rose Migiro underlined that Africa is the region that faces the greatest

challenges, in particular in the context of climate change and the food and oil

crises.

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