Highlighting Development, Climate and Food Crises, UN Secretary-General Urges Copenhagen Agreement

29 July 2008: In a message to the Ministerial Meeting of the Non-Aligned

Movement in Tehran, Iran, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged a successful

conclusion to climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, noting that progress towards

the Millennium Development Goals and ensuring food security have been severely

undermined by the climate crisis.

In a statement delivered on 29 July by Sergei Ordzhonikidze,

Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, the Secretary-General

also noted that the Bali Road Map agreed in December 2007 was an important step

forward. “We must look now to build on that achievement with concrete outcomes

from the Poznan meeting later this year. Also by the end of this year, we must

have a fully financed and operational Adaptation Fund,” he said. The

Secretary-General further expressed his commitment to “continue to work with

leaders of all countries to ensure a successful climate change agreement, under

the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention, by the end of 2009.” [Secretary-General's

Statement, 29 July 2008]