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UN Secretary-General: African Industrialization Can Help Tackle Climate Change

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon 20 November 2008: In a message marking Africa Industrialization

Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for strengthening African industry

so that it can “play its rightful, catalytic role” and help overcome the

current triple financial, food and climate crises as well as make critical

progress on eradicating poverty.

Noting the accelerating impacts of climate

change and the higher price of food and fertilizers, he underlined the

timeliness of the theme for this year's observance “Processing of Raw Materials

for Sustainable Growth and Development.” [UN

Press Release] [The

Statement]