UN Secretary-General’s Annual Report: UN Uniquely Placed to Lead Efforts Against Climate Change

UN poised to tackle some of today's most pressing challenges – Ban 7 October 2008: In his second annual report on the work of

the Organization (A/63/1), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon notes the UN's

unique place to lead the response to global threats, in particular: climate

change, counter-terrorism, disarmament and non-proliferation, and global


In the document that was the subject of debate by member States in the

General Assembly on 6 October 2008, Ban welcomes the award of the Nobel Peace

Prize to the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore, former

Vice-President of the US. He also recalls the convening, on 24 September 2007,

of a high-level event on climate change to galvanize support for advancing the

negotiations and underlines that the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) provides

a good example of how the UN can harness the power of the market.

Ban expresses

his satisfaction with the coordinated work carried out by the Organization,

together with nations, on adaptation and on mainstreaming climate change into

policy and development plans, highlighting the Nairobi Work Programme on

impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to Climate Change and the Nairobi

Framework to support developing countries' participation in the CDM. In the

Report, Ban also mentions current efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of UN

Headquarters and awareness raising activities. [UN

Press Release] [Report

of the Secretary-General on the work of the Organization]