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UN Secretary-General Calls for Global Leadership to Tackle Current Crises [viewed]

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses a high-level General Assembly meeting on the development needs of Africa: State of Implementation of Various Commitments, Challenges and the Way Forward. 23 September 2008: In his speech to the opening of the

General Debate of the 63rd session of the UN General Assembly, UN Secretary-General

Ban Ki-moon recalled that the global food, energy and financial crises, as well

as the challenge of climate change, demand global solutions.

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UN Under-Secretary General Urges Turning the Energy Equation Around in Favor of the Poor [viewed]

United Nations Development Programme 18 September 2008: Speaking at the Financial Times-World Energy Council's Energy Leaders Summit, Ad Melkert, UN Under-Secretary General and Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme, stated that access to affordable and sustainable energy services stands as a roadblock for

millions in Africa, Asia and Central and South America to escape poverty.

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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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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Outlines Benefits of Sectoral Approach [viewed]

17 September 2008: In an interview with Carbon Finance,

UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said a sectoral approach to reducing

emissions would have a “clear environmental benefit.”

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OECD Secretary-General Highlights Potential for GHG Emission Reductions in the Energy Sector [viewed]

16 September 2008: Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), participated in the Energy Leaders Summit organized by the Financial Times and World Energy Council, in London, UK, on 16-17 September 2008. Addressing heads of the main traditional and new energy companies, as well as government representatives and financiers, who met to discuss the future of energy beyond 2025, Gurría highlighted the need for public-private partnerships for the development and deployment of “large-scale transformative energy technologies.”

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WMO and ISO Strengthen Partnership [viewed]

WMO headquarters, Geneva, 16 September 2008 — Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of WMO, and Alan Bryden, Secretary General of ISO 17 September 2008: The World Meteorological Organization

(WMO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) have agreed

to increase their cooperation in the development of international standards

related to meteorological and hydrological data, products and services.

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Marking International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, WMO Highlights State of the Ozone Layer, Links to Climate Change [viewed]

The ozone hole of 2008 is larger than in 2007 16 September 2008: Marking International Day for the

Preservation of the Ozone Layer, which was celebrated on 16 September 2008, the

World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released data showing that the ozone

hole is already larger in 2008 than it was in 2007, emphasized that the need

for continued ozone measurements to monitor the ozone hole, and highlighted the

Montreal Protocol's climate benefits.

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CBD Executive Secretary Stresses Synergies among Environmental Agreements on International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer [viewed]

Message from Ahmed Djoghlaf Executive Secretary CBD, on the Occasion of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer 16 September 2008: On the occasion of the International Day

for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of

the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), noted the success that the

Montreal Protocol has achieved through international cooperation.

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European Parliament Calls for Increasing the Global Alliance Against Climate Change's Budget [viewed]

16 September 2008: The European Parliament's Development Committee has adopted a report arguing that the budget proposed by the European Commission to help developing countries fight climate change is not enough, and suggesting that the Global Climate Change Alliance should receive at least 25% of the revenue of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.

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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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