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

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.

She warned that progress

achieved towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals may be undone and

called for “dedicated attention” to be given to “climate change, innovative

financing, international migration and development, violence against women and

indigenous issues.” [UN Press Release]