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UN’s Role in Climate Change Recognized

Nicholas Haysom, Director for Political Affairs in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General

29 September 2008: Nicholas Haysom, Director for Political

Affairs in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and Robert Orr, one

of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's top aides, highlighted during a news

conference that the role of the UN and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in global

crises is increasingly recognized.

According to Orr and Haysom, the increased

demand for bilateral meetings with the Secretary-General suggests that his and

the UN's role in global crises, including in climate change and the costs of

energy and food, are now recognized by Member States. Contrasting these crises

with peace and security issues, Haysom said that in these crisis areas, “…the

UN is more readily accepted as a factor of organization and coordination for a

solution to these problems.” [News

Centre Press Release]