Secretary-General Urges Action against Climate Change during Arctic Circle Visit
2 September 2009: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon ended his trip to Norway with a boat trip to the polar ice of the Arctic Circle, where he stood on the ice and urged world leaders to take action against climate change.
Ban said that he was informed by scientists that global warming is altering the Arctic faster than any other area. Before leaving Norway, Secretary-General Ban visited the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, in Norway, and highlighted that it represents a creative initiative to fight for long-term food security in the face of climate change.[UN News Report][Statement at Svalbard Global Seed Vault]