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UN Secretary-General: 2009 Will Be “The Year of Climate Change”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 17 December 2008: In his last press conference for 2008, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that the coming year promises to be as difficult as 2008, which he called “the year of multiple crises.” He added that 2009 will be “the year of climate change” and noted progress made in Poznań, Poland, at the UNFCCC conference.

In this respect, he highlighted delegates' exchange of views on a

shared vision for long-term cooperation and agreement on: a work plan,

making the Adaptation Fund operational; and the need for a “Green New

Deal.” He stressed that little time remains before the Copenhagen

Climate Change Conference in December 2009, when delegates must reach a

global climate change deal that is “balanced, comprehensive and

ratifiable by all nations.” He welcomed the commitment demonstrated by

the EU with the recent agreement on its climate and energy package and

noted that the new US President also promises “bold new leadership.”

Ban indicated that he would convene a climate change summit at the

beginning of the 64th General Assembly, but noted that world leaders

will most likely need to meet before then to “fulfil [their]

responsibilities to the planet and its people.” [UN Press Release]